Missing, murdered Natives task force announces virtual consultations

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/22/2020 12:30 PM
WASHINGTON – The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives on July 17 announced 12 tribal consultations to occur virtually across the United States in the coming months.  

American Indians and Alaska Natives experience disproportionately high rates of violence. President Trump has called the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans “sobering and heartbreaking.”   

The upcoming series of tribal consultations was announced under Executive Order 13898, which requires the task force to “conduct appropriate consultations with Tribal governments on the scope and nature of the issues regarding missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.”

While the task force, also called Operation Lady Justice, had planned for consultations and listening sessions in various locations in Indian Country and elsewhere beginning in March, postponement of those sessions was required by the current pandemic. Therefore, the task force has established a series of tribal consultations to be held virtually.

The schedule, link to register, Dear Tribal Leader letter and framing paper are available on the Operation Lady Justice website, which can be found at OperationLadyJustice.usdoj.gov. 
Confirmed dates and times for virtual consultations are:

• BIA Eastern Region – Aug. 17, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Midwest Region – Aug. 19, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Southern Plains and Eastern Oklahoma Regions – Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Regions – Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Southwest Region – Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Northwest Region – Aug. 31, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Western and Navajo Regions – Sept. 2, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Pacific Region first session – Sept. 4, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Pacific Region second session – Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx,

• BIA Alaska Region first session – Sept. 10, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx, and

• BIA Alaska Region second session – Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST via WebEx.

The task force will present a progress report to the president by Nov. 26, and a final report detailing its activities and accomplishments by Nov. 26, 2021.

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