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Resources for Tribes

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If you or your family requires additional assistance, there are resources that may be able to provide assistance or refer you to organizations that might assist you.  National organizations you might consider contacting include:  StrongHearts Native Helpline at (844) 762-8483 or https://www.strongheartshelpline.org/; and the National Center for Victims of Crime Resource Center at 1-855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846) or https://victimconnect.org/.  Another option is to contact one of the many tribal coalitions available across the country, https://www.ovwconsultation.org/Tribal-Coalitions, or one of the state domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions, which focus on preventing crimes of violence against women and men, coordinating state victim services activities, and collaborating and coordinating with federal, state, and local entities engaged in violence against women activities.  The state and tribal coalitions can also direct you to a local resource that may be able to provide the assistance you need.  You can find your nearest state or tribal coalition here:  https://www.justice.gov/ovw/local-resources.  Also, the NamUs Team provides tools that empower family members of missing persons to enter and search case information, and that connect families with criminal justice professionals to assist in the search for their missing loved ones.  Call their toll-free hotline at (855) 626-7600, or visit their Support for Missing Indigenous Persons Cases page at https://www.namusinfo.org/mip or their general website https://www.namus.gov/.  The BIA-Office of Justice Services has started seven cold case teams located in Minneapolis, MN; Rapid City, SD; Billings, MT; Nashville, TN; Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; and Anchorage, AK.  These teams will review cold cases involving AI/AN people who have gone missing or were murdered nationwide.  Details can be found at:  https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/trump-administration-establishes-first-cold-case-task-force-office-missing-and.  The BIA Cold Case Teams can be contacted at [email protected].  Also, the Department of Justice has hired MMIP coordinators who have been placed in U.S. Attorney’s offices in 11 states (Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Utah, Nevada, Minnesota, Oregon, New Mexico, and Washington) to develop protocols for a more coordinated law enforcement response to missing cases and deploy the FBI’s most advanced response capabilities when needed, improve data collection and analysis, and provide training to support local response efforts.  Go to:  https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-william-p-barr-launches-national-strategy-address-missing-and-murdered for more information.

Date Created: October 20, 2020