AMBER Alert in Indian Country – Issue 4 2021

AMBER Advocate | December 6, 2021

  Nearly 10,000 Native Americans—more than 7,000 under the age of 18–went missing in 2020. Those statistics from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) were shared at the first virtual AMBER Alert Indian Country Symposium—which was held in conjunction with the National AMBER Alert Symposium on August 17-19, 2021. Tribal AMBER Alert partners in attendance […]

November 13, 2021: Five Years in Remembrance of Ashlynne Mike

AMBER Advocate | November 15, 2021

Written by Pamela Foster, Mother of Ashlynne, and unwavering advocate for the protection of children in Indian Country This month on November 13th we celebrated Ashlynne’s birthday. This will be the 5th birthday where the only one who couldn’t attend was Ashlynne. Despite her physical absence, this day still belongs to her. On this beautiful […]

AIIC's Tyesha Wood presents at the MMIP's weekly meeting; image depicts a screen shot of the zoom meeting

AMBER Alert in Indian Country’s Tyesha Wood Presents at Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Weekly Meeting

Melissa Blasing | September 21, 2021

News Source: KenoshaNews.com During last week’s Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women meeting, Tyesha Wood addressed how to further integrate Amber Alerts within Native American communities to aid in finding missing adults. The MMIW is charged with helping fight the abduction, homicide, violence and trafficking of Indigenous women in Wisconsin. The task force […]

2021 Women Are Sacred Conference

Melissa Blasing | July 15, 2021

In June, 2021, AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AIIC) program staff attended the 2021 Women Are Sacred Conference hosted by the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC). The theme for this year’s virtual event was “Carrying Our Medicine and Strengthening Our Vision to End the Violence,” and included presentations on various topics related to Missing […]

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Waking Women Healing Institute

Melissa Blasing | June 29, 2021

In April, 2021, the Waking Women Healing Institute hosted a virtual event for tribal community leaders to hear from AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program team members, Tyesha Wood and Pamela Foster, on the AMBER Alert in Indian Country program. As part of this presentation, Ms. Wood provided an overview of the Ashlynne Mike […]

Ashlynne Mike

AMBER Alert in Indian Country – Issue 2 2021

AMBER Advocate | June 10, 2021

Contributed by Pamela Foster, mother of Ashlynne May 2, 2021, will mark five years since the abduction of my children Ashlynne and Ian Mike. Ian was at a tender age of 9 and still very young and spent a majority of his time cementing his relationship with his sister. Ashlynne was 11 and she was […]

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Expanding Broadband on Tribal Lands

Melissa Blasing | June 7, 2021

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Announces Nearly $1 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband on Tribal Land (Source: https://www.commerce.gov/news/fact-sheets/2021/06/fact-sheet-biden-administration-offers-nearly-1-billion-grants-help)  Operation Lady Justice would like to share the below announcement about a funding opportunity that may be able to assist Tribes with high-speed internet. Broadband access can be critical in assisting Tribes that are considering utilizing the Integrated […]

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Commemorating the 38th National Missing Children’s Day

Janell Rasmussen | May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021: As we come together today as a Nation to commemorate the 38th National Missing Children’s Day, we do so virtually, which we have become accustomed to over the last year. While the world has adapted to social distancing, working from home and communicating virtually, our front-line workers have continued to work diligently […]

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Walking in Remembrance of Ashlynne Mike

Melissa Blasing | April 29, 2021

In Our Hearts We thought of you today. But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday. And days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have memories. And your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake. With which we’ll never part. […]

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American Indian Caucus Day

Melissa Blasing | April 27, 2021

In February 2021, AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AATTAP-AIIC) team members attended a virtual American Indian Caucus Day hosted by the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. The focus of this event was for legislators, community members, and Tribal leaders to discuss and share resources centered on improving state-Tribal […]