Oklahoma seeks coordination on Indigenous peoples cold cases
April 22, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law a bill intended to coordinate state and federal law enforcement efforts when investigating missing or murdered Indigenous people.
The law requires the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to coordinate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain federal funding and coordinate their efforts to gather information and data about missing and murdered Indigenous people in Oklahoma.
The OSBI would create an Office of Liaison to develop protocols for law enforcement response to reports of missing or slain Native Americans and to assist victims' families in understanding the legal processes.