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A New Tool for Solving Missing and Murdered Cases in Indian Country

Year: 2021

~ Announcement from Bryan Newland, Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs ~

12-10-21
Today, I was proud to announce the launch of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’
new website dedicated to solving missing and murdered cases in Indian Country.  

The tool draws attention to unresolved cases involving indigenous persons for which the BIA, Office of Justice Services, Missing and Murdered Unit (MMU) is working and invites the public to help law enforcement solve those cases.  

Under Secretary Deb Haaland’s leadership, Interior is committed to working with affected Tribal governments, law enforcement agencies, survivors, families of the missing, and communities to coordinate interagency collaboration to address this crisis – and I want to extend my deepest thanks to everyone carrying out this important work.  

This website is one of many tools we are deploying as part of our coordinated efforts to put the full weight of the federal government into investigating these cases and marshalling law enforcement resources across federal agencies and throughout Indian country. 

The new site provides detailed case information that can be easily shared and three pathways to submit important tips and pertinent case information that may help investigators with the detection or investigation of an offense committed in Indian Country.  

The site also contains information regarding submission of tips or case information that may help investigators. For some tips, BIA offers rewards for information assisting in the detection or investigation of an offense committed in Indian country or in the arrest of an offender against the United States. The standard reward may be up to $5,000 depending on the specific details provided. BIA may increase the amount conditional on the circumstances.   

While I am proud to have announced this important step today, the work to keep communities safe and provide closure for families never stops. 

To view the new website, visit www.bia.gov/mmu. 

Miigwetch (Thank you)