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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Attorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day

Attorney General William P. Barr issued the following statement:

“American Indian and Alaska Native people have suffered injustices for hundreds of years, including today’s rampant domestic and sexual violence carried out primarily against women and girls.  Today, President Trump has proclaimed a day to remember all those missing and lost to this unacceptable violence.  Through the Presidential Task Force – co-chaired by Katie Sullivan, who heads our Office of Justice Programs – and in partnership with Tribal Nations, we are all committed to ending this cycle of violence.  To that end, we have brought unprecedented resources to support public safety and victim services, including $270 million in grant funding in fiscal year 2019.  The department is also hiring 11 coordinators to consult with tribes and develop common protocols to address this scourge of violence.  From this day forward, today’s proclamation marks a time for all of us to honor Native Americans who have been lost and rededicate ourselves to what President Trump has called ‘our mission to bring healing, justice, hope, and restoration’ to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.”

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 
20-426
Updated May 5, 2020