President Biden signed an executive order on Monday to tackle the “epidemic” of missing or murdered indigenous people, as well as investigate existing unsolved cases. This news comes as the Justice Department allocated more than $73 million in grants to help crime victims in indigenous communities.
Hundreds of Native Americans in North Dakota have been ensnared by Detroit traffickers, who set up a drug pipeline more than a decade ago targeting communities and reservations that had fewer police, fewer competitors, and rampant addiction rates.
The expansion of access to the national crime databases operated by the FBI and other federal agencies is part of an effort to help native justice authorities get timely information on domestic violence victims and missing indigenous women.
Two years after the body of Kaysera Stops Pretty Places was found in Hardin, Montana, less than a mile from the Crow Reservation where she grew up, relatives of the 18-year-old continue to pursue justice for Kaysera, whom they believe was murdered, NBC News reports.
Because of the lack of tracking and data collection, no one is sure how many indigenous peoples are crime victims each year — and that makes their victimization, particularly their murders, difficult to stop. Now, advocates are stepping up to enact change.
A tally from police across Canada reveals there are four ongoing criminal investigations and one decade-long probe into complaints involving residential schools over evidence of both sexual and serious physical abuse.
According to the latest report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics on tribal jail populations, some 69 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) released from state prisons in 2012 across 34 states, were re-arrested within three years, and 79 percent were arrested within five years.