2020 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest Winner Elliana Conrad's Poster

AMBER Alert in Indian Country Recognizes 2020 National Missing Children’s Day

Melissa Blasing | May 22, 2020

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice, through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, commemorates this day with a ceremony to award the National Missing Children’s Day poster contest winner and recognize those that have made a difference in protecting […]

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A New Tribal Resource Tool for Survivors of Crime and Abuse

Melissa Blasing | May 20, 2020

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest crime victimization rates in the nation but often have difficulty connecting with the services that exist to help them recover from crime and abuse. The National Congress of American Indians, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, and the National Center for Victims of Crime, with input […]

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Recognizing Service and Protection for Tribal Communities: 2020 National Police Week

Jim Walters | May 15, 2020

During this 2020 National Police Week, we wish to thank each of you for your service and sacrifice on behalf of the tribal communities across the United States. During these unprecedented times you have stayed strong, placing yourselves on the front lines, facing the dangers of the corona virus while protecting our children and our […]

Participants standing together outside near Shiprock, New Mexico, to participate in a memorial run/walk in honor of Ashlynne Mike

The 2020 Virtual Run/Walk in Honor of Ashlynne Mike

Melissa Blasing | May 7, 2020

May 2, 2020, marked four years since the abduction and murder of Ashlynne Mike. In memory of Ashlynne, her mother, Pamela Foster, held a virtual walk/run to honor her daughter and bring awareness to missing and abducted children in Indian Country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pamela was unable to host a memorial run in […]

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Recognizing the Importance of the Proclamation

Jim Walters | May 6, 2020

May 5th: Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day With the signing of a proclamation declaring May 5th as Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day, President Trump has taken a step forward in our nation’s efforts to raise awareness and protect Native American and Alaskan Native communities. Before […]

President Trump signs proclamation in the oval office with Native American representatives present

President Proclaims Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day 2020

Brian Thurber |

The American Indian and Alaska Native people have endured generations of injustice.  They experience domestic violence, homicide, sexual assault, and abuse far more frequently than other groups.  These horrific acts, committed predominantly against women and girls, are egregious and unconscionable.  During Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day, we reaffirm our commitment […]

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Forthcoming USDOJ update to NISMART will gather law enforcement data on abductions

Brian Thurber | May 4, 2020

The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) will soon begin outreach to more than 4000 law enforcement agencies for assistance in updating and expanding data and analysis on stranger abductions of children. This effort – the Law Enforcement Survey of Stereotypical Kidnapping – will update the last systematic count which took place in 2011. It […]