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Honoring Senator McCain (1936-2018)

 

America has lost a hero and servant of the people with the passing of Senator John McCain of Arizona. Senator McCain exemplified all that is best about our country and made his life one of service to others. Senator McCain introduced what is now the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2018 after the abduction and murder of 11 year old Ashlynne Mike of the Navajo Nation. While this is only one example of his leadership, we can hope to honor his legacy by the work we do to protect children and to be better servants of the communities we serve.

 

With deepest respect,

Jim Walters, Program Administrator

AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College

Recent Indian Country News

Two New Classes Focus on Missing Children in Indian Country Resources & Investigations

Two new online, self-paced courses have been developed by the AMBER Alert in Indian Country/AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Programs for the Missing Child Investigations in Indian Country (MCI-IC) Series. The popular MCI-IC Series’ growing roster of classes, accessible via the National Criminal Justice Training Center, is designed to help law enforcement respond to cases of […]

Navajo Nation Issues Historic ‘Guidelines for Missing Persons’

The Navajo Nation has issued a ground-breaking executive order to investigate and locate missing Navajo persons in a manner that is empathetic to victims and their families. On Monday, October 24, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez were joined by Navajo Nation Police Chief Darryl Noon, Navajo Nation Executive Branch division […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country Recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day

(October 10, 2022) – Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which honors the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of indigenous peoples  – and “the ongoing work to protect them,” said Tyesha Wood, Program Manager for the AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AIIC) Initiative. “AMBER Alert in Indian Country works in support of indigenous peoples’ safety through […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country AMBER Advocate, Issue 3, 2022

New Washington State alert addresses high rate of missing indigenous people A first-of-its-kind alert system for missing indigenous women and people was signed into law in Washington state in March 2022. The system helps distribute information about missing Native Americans much like an AMBER Alert. Washington has the second-highest number of missing indigenous people in […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country NEWS Across the U.S. – From the 50th Edition of the AMBER Advocate Newsletter

On March 31, 2022, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the nation’s first Indigenous Alert for missing Native Americans. The alert will send messages to law enforcement, news agencies, social media, and electronic highway signs. The alert is designed to address a much needed and improved response to the high rate of missing and […]

May 5th Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day Highlights the Urgent Need for Impactful Responses, Data, and Education

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day events of May 5 will come in many forms — documentary premieres, educational symposiums, marches, and more — but all will share a singular goal: To spotlight the disproportionately high number of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls while promoting resolution, collaboration, accountability, and prevention. “The […]

Growth Sector: Technology for Emergency Response to Missing Persons Evolves Across the Navajo Nation

Yes WEA Can With the Navajo Nation’s COVID-19 emergency response in high gear, tech leader Christopher Becenti is closing ‘the digital divide’ to make life safer in his community May 2, 2016, was supposed to be a happy occasion for Christopher Becenti; it would mark his 30th birthday. “But it was one of the worst […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country – Issue 4 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 […]

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NAVAJO NATION GETS AMBER ALERT

WINDOW ROCK – On Tuesday, Navajo Nation Russell Begaye signed a contract to purchase a mass notification software to implement an emergency alert system for road closures, weather notifications, hazardous waste spills, wildland fires and AMBER Alerts.

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NATIONAL MISSING CHILDRENS DAY

OJJDP's official page for National Missing Children's Day, which takes place every May 25, includes resources for finding missing children, and details about the awards, ceremony and poster contest.

 

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SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES McCAIN BILL TO EXPAND AMBER ALERT SYSTEM ON NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today passed the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017Read the Full Release

CONGRESSMAN BIGGS INTRODUCES THE "AMBER ALERT IN INDIAN COUNTRY ACT OF 2017"

May 25, 2017  |  Press Release

"No child – regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, or birthplace – should be outside the protection and jurisdiction of such a vital security resource"

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017.

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FIRST CHILD RECOVERED BY AMBER ALERT LEAVING HOME FOR COLLEGE

She made headlines when she was only two months old, becoming the first child ever recovered by Arlington's then-fledgling Amber Alert system.

Now, 18-year-old Rae-Leigh Bradbury is preparing to graduate high school and has some big plans after that.

"I don't remember any of it, but I know the story," said Bradbury, who lives with her family in Fort Worth.

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A SIX-YEAR ANALYSIS OF SEX TRAFFICKERS OF MINORS: EXPLORING CHARACTERISTICS AND SEX TRAFFICKING PATTERNS

Sex trafficking is a pervasive national problem in the United States. Media reports indicate that sex trafficking occurs in both rural and urban areas with victims who are children and adults, of any gender, race, and sexual orientation.

Learn more and review dashboard and video information about the project here.

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SENATOR JOHN McCAIN INTRODUCES BILL TO EXPAND AMBER ALERT SYSTEM ON NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently introduced the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017, legislation that would expand the AMBER Alert child abduction warning system on Native American reservations by clarifying that Indian tribes are eligible for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants that help assemble AMBER Alert systems for law enforcement agencies.

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NAVAJO NATION AMBER ALERT & EMERGENCY ALERT TASK FORCE COMPLETES MILESTONE

BY NATIVE NEWS ONLINE STAFF | CURRENTS | 14 JAN 2017

WINDOW ROCK – On Jan. 9, the Navajo Nation Amber Alert and Emergency Alert Task Force under the direction of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, Department of Emergency Management accomplished a huge milestone to bring the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) to the Navajo Nation.

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THE INDIAN COUNTRY CHILD TRAUMA CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA AND KOGNITO LAUNCH SIMULATION TO TRAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT ON TRAUMA-INFORMED POLICING

ROLE-PLAY SIMULATION PREPARES TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS TO LEAD MORE EFFECTIVE REAL-LIFE INTERACTIONS WITH TRIBAL YOUTH

January 31, 2017 – The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center, housed at the Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, and Kognito, an innovator in developing evidence-based role-play simulations, have announced the launch of an interactive role-play simulation aimed at building the capacity among law enforcement professionals to lead more effective interactions with tribal youth.

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Tucson Air Branch helps FBI with AMBER Alert

TUCSON – Two teams from the Air and Marine Operation’s Tucson Air Branch (TAB), responding to an Amber Alert released today out of Chandler, Arizona, joined with the FBI and Navajo Nation police to locate a missing girl, and detain a male suspect involved in her disappearance.

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Maci Lilley Found Alive: 4-Year Old Girl Abducted From Park Located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana

BILLINGS – Maci Maelyn Lilley was found alive and in good health after the 4-year-old girl was reported abducted in the Wolf Point area on Friday, Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a news release Sunday morning.
Lee Allmer, public information officer for Roosevelt County, said Lilley was discovered at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday...

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Tribal Prosecutor Now Leading Fight to Help Recover Abducted Indian Children

Hedi Bogda has a unique, perhaps unparalleled perspective on Native American culture and law. She is a tribal prosecutor, tribal judge and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Her background and skills are now being used to train prosecutors, judges and law enforcement officers handling child abduction cases in Indian Country.

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DOJ Press Release

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF PROGRAM TO ENHANCE TRIBAL ACCESS TO NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION DATABASES

Department of Justice Tribal Access Program Will Continue to Improve the Exchange of Critical Data

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice is expanding the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information which provides federally-recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. Tribes interested in participating in TAP must submit a letter or resolution from the tribe’s governing body by Dec. 2. TAP allows tribes to more effectively serve and protect their communities by ensuring the exchange of critical data...

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