Leaders push for more funding to find missing and murdered Indigenous Minnesotans
The funding would boost a first-of-its-kind state office created to systemically tackle the problem
February 15, 2023
The push to solve hundreds of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous Minnesotans hit a milestone last year with the opening of a first-in-the-nation office charged with systemically trying to fix the problem.
Now, Native American legislators and community leaders are trying to make sure the office has the resources it needs to tackle the task ahead - one that's been complicated by decades of inconsistent data and a lack of mainstream attention.
"The work is never going to be done," state Sen. Mary Kunesh, DFL-New Brighton, said Tuesday in front of a packed gymnasium before hundreds went out in the rain for the annual march for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. "At the Legislature we are fighting so hard to ensure that we have the resources that we need in order to continue this work."