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FBI MMIP Data Collection Project on Wind River Reservation Falls Short, Advocate Says

The FBI has completed a data collection project on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) cases on the Wind River Reservation in northern Wyoming. The aim of the project - to compile an accurate list of cases involving Native Americans who are missing or are the victims of unsolved homicides and determine which resources are needed to move the needle - may have fallen short due to limited community engagement, according to one MMIP advocate.

The project included a dedicated tip line, email address, and two in-person sessions to give community members the opportunity to provide information on MMIP cases.

Nicole Wagon (Northern Arapaho), founder of advocacy group MMIP Wind River, said that many people didn't know about the in-person sessions, or if they did, were unable to attend due to them being held during working hours. Sessions were held on April 16 at the Shoshone Rose Casino from 1-3 pm; and on May 8 at the Wind River Hotel and Casino from 4-6 pm.


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