Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons
The Department of Justice is committed to addressing the persistent violence endured by Native American families and communities across the country, including by working with Tribal nations to address the important issues of missing or murdered indigenous persons. The Department views this work as a priority for its law enforcement components. It also recognizes the broader public safety and public health concerns that underlie many of these cases and require solutions from across the Department's components.
The Department of Justice has prioritized working to address the causes of violence against Native American individuals and communities and to bring justice to victims and their families.
Find the Guide to Developing a Tribal Community Response Plan for Missing Person Cases in addition to frequently asked questions and existing Tribal community response plans.
Find information and resources for: victims and families, law enforcement, service providers, and Tribal communities; as well as information on prevention and federal grants and funding.
Challenges faced by Tribes are best met by Tribally-driven solutions, so outreach and communication with Tribes is fundamental to DOJ’s efforts to promote public safety in Tribal communities.
At the federal level, the U.S. government collects public safety and public health data across all populations, which includes data on AI/AN who have gone missing or have been murdered. States and Tribes also collect and analyze data, including state and Tribal task forces.
The Department is committed to its ongoing work pursuant to Savanna’s Act to improve the federal response to missing or murdered indigenous persons (MMIP).