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Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons

Events and Trainings

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Expert Q&A

This session increases advocates’ and other allies’ understanding of the alarming prevalence of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and how, as the Urban Indian Health Institute says, “… institutional practices allow them to disappear not once, but three times—in life, in media, and in the data.”

Peer to Peer Training: A Virtual Peer Led Primer on Responding to our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives

This Peer-to-Peer training opportunity brought together organizations and stakeholders associated with addressing issues surrounding tribal domestic violence. One of the major topics of discussion during this multi-day event was how to build support capacity and strengthen response to missing and murdered indigenous women. Leaders from multiple American Indian/Alaska Native were in attendance to discuss tribal programs, shelters, NamUs, and other missing persons resources.

AMBER Alert in Indian Country 101 – Community Response

This recorded webinar provides tribal community members with—

  • an understanding of law enforcement's response to missing and abducted children, and when an AMBER Alert is an effective tool,
  • information onthe importance of bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community, and
  • strategies community members can use to assist during and before a missing or abducted child situation.

AMBER Alert in Indian Country

This training can help Tribal communities develop programs to safely recover endangered missing or abducted children. There are no registration fees to attend the training and there are onsite and online training options.

Cultural Considerations when Working within Indian Country

When working on missing and exploited children’s cases within Indian Country, it is important to value the differences, understand and adapt to the culture, and recognize that various dynamics exist. Watch this two-part on demand training.

  • View Part 1: Obtain a better understanding of the tribal community and its system of shared values, beliefs, and rituals that are learned and passed on through generations. Gather best practices and examples to reduce barriers and increase trust when working on missing and exploited children’s cases on tribal lands.
     
  • View Part 2: Gain a better understanding of tribal jurisdictions and its impact on investigations in Indian Country. Review best practices to recognize, identify, and assist high-risk children living on tribal lands.

OVC Acting Director Speaks at Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day Event

OVC Acting Director Katherine Darke Schmitt gave remarks during a special event, hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and Administration for Native Americans, to honor missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives in commemoration of President Biden’s 2021 proclamation on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day.

Date Created: May 4, 2022