Data & Research

 Data & Research

Reviewing, gathering and obtaining data is essential to determining the root causes of issues surrounding American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) who have gone missing, as well as those who have been murdered, so that issues can be understood and addressed.  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.  While there are several challenges to collecting good data (including Tribal sovereignty, disparate data collection systems, and the fact that some adults may voluntarily become missing), pursuant to the Deputy Attorney General’s directive, the Department’s MMIP Steering Committee is working to improve data collection, data access and sharing, and education and outreach about federal databases, as well as develop a strategy for conducting ongoing data analysis. 


Research & PublicationsFederal Data Sources & ReportsTribal & State Task Forces, Data & Reports 


Below is a list of publications and practical resources to assist in better understanding the potential relationship between human trafficking, the extractive industries (oil, natural gas, pipelines, and mining) and missing or murdered indigenous persons.

Human Trafficking

Extractive Industries

  • Dept. of State, The Link Between Extractive Industries and Sex Trafficking. This fact sheet is a brief global overview of how extractive industries can increase the risk for sex trafficking.  


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Public Safety Data and Reports

Public Health Data and Reports

Data Sharing for Tribes and Those Partnering With Tribes

  • NativeDATA: This project by Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center’s IDEA-NW, and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides guidance for Tribes when considering sharing health data and for public health authorities when requesting data, as well as data sovereignty issues for Tribes. The project has advice on requesting health data, building strong data sharing partnerships, developing protective data agreements and communicating effectively about data sharing. For more information, visit or email the NativeDATA team at


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The Department is committed to coordinating closely with the Tribes and states already working on the issues surrounding missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives via established task forces or other efforts with similar goals and objectives. Through sharing information on all ongoing efforts, individual Tribes, states and federal partners can learn from each other, develop common understandings, and strategize on activities and recommendations to address missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. 

Tribal Task Forces & Reports

  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Navajo Nation, Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives:
  • Yakama Nation, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Committee:
  • Yurok Tribe, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:

State Data & Reports 

In addition to task forces in a few states to focus on missing indigenous people, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada has a missing persons clearinghouse. These clearinghouses receive data on missing persons from law enforcement agencies; data elements and variables include personal characteristics, photographs and missing case circumstances. Information about what each state’s clearinghouse collects is on the individual state pages below. Additionally, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children maintains a list of the missing persons clearinghouse websites

State Reports and Documents




Updated January 10, 2023

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