A Decade of Healing and Action: Commission Issues Urgent Recommendations to Feds for Combating MMIP Crisis


November 6, 2023

There is no nationwide data system for MMIP information, and the actual number of MMIP cases is unknown; however, the Bureau of Indian Affairs estimates there are 4,200 unsolved cases. (photo/courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs)

A federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) is calling for a decade of healing and action to address the ongoing crisis.

The Not Invisible Act Commission (NIAC) on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, submitted recommendations to the federal government on steps that need to be taken to address the MMIP epidemic. The commission - composed of law enforcement, Tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, family members of missing and murdered individuals, and survivors - is calling for a Decade of Healing and Action, which it described as a "partnership with Tribal communities, Tribal governments, and relevant organizations, focusing on improving safety, prevention, justice, support services, and healing for AI/AN communities through increased funding, policy reform, action-oriented programs, and training and technical assistance."

The recommendations were created by the 41-person commission in response to input offered during a nationwide listening tour across seven cities where they heard testimony from survivors and family members of victims. An additional national virtual hearing was held in August after the field hearings were concluded.



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