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Resource Basket for Tribal Communities

In this basket, you will find resources for the response to incidents of missing or murdered American Indian and Alaska Native persons that can be used and shared at the community level. Resources cover behavioral health, substance abuse prevention and violence prevention.

At any point during the search, national hotlines can offer emotional support and guidance over the phone and via chat services. Most hotlines are confidential and anonymous.


National Resources  
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 800-THE-LOST (843-5678)
National Runaway Safeline 800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) 833-872-5176
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233); TTY: 800-787-3224
StrongHearts Native Helpline (for domestic, dating and sexual violence) 844-7NATIVE (762-8483)
National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888; TTY: 711; Text HELP or INFO to 233733
National Parent Helpline 855-4A-PARENT (855-427-2736)
BIA Missing and Murdered Unit 833-560-2065; Text BIAMMU and your tip to 847411
Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 866-331-9474; TTY: 866-331-8453; Text LOVEIS to 22522
VictimConnect  Hotline: 855-4-VICTIM (484-2846)


Here are a list of free resources and easily accessible reporting centers for communities and families who are searching for a missing loved one.

When someone “goes missing” it does not necessarily mean a crime has been committed. Until a law enforcement investigation is conducted, it may not be clear if an individual is in danger. This is why it’s critical for law enforcement to take a report on every missing person.

It’s also important to consider if a disappearance could be voluntary. Disconnecting from family, friends and community is a dramatic and life-changing decision and does not happen without significant reasons, which could include preventing abuse to the individual or immediate family members.

Missing Child

General Missing Person Resources

  • National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) provides national leadership in ending gender-based violence in tribal communities by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty. Offers culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty.
  • The Indian Health Service center locator allows you to search for IHS hospitals, behavioral centers and general health clinics, which you can contact to see if an individual may have been seen there. Keep in mind, a patient can indicate they don’t want information shared and some institutions may prohibit giving out patient information to anyone.
  • List of state medical examiners and coroners organizations throughout the United States from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified and unclaimed person cases across the United States, and offers investigative support for a long-term, missing loved one. Friends, family or the general public can use the NamUs database to share updates, access case information, and connect with criminal justice professionals. Contact NamUs at 833-872-5176 or, or contact a regional support specialist
  • The FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program tracks violent crime data including information about missing and unidentified people.

Caring for mental health and substance use conditions is critical to overall health, both for individuals and for communities. Resources are available to find general information, as well as information on responding to crises and helping individuals find treatment.

Resources on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

  • SAMHSA has a National Helpline that offers free, confidential, 24/7 treatment referral and information for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. Call 800-662-HELP (4357). (English and Spanish.)
  • The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator from SAMHSA is a confidential tool to find help for substance use/addiction and mental health problems.
  • SAMHSA’s Prevention of Substance Use and Mental Disorders webpage discusses how prevention and early intervention strategies can reduce the impact of substance use and mental disorders in America’s communities. 

Finding Mental Health Treatment

  • Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator, from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), offers confidential and anonymous information for persons and their family members who are seeking treatment for a recent onset of serious mental illness. Find evidence-based programs that will provide medication, therapy, family and peer support and assistance.
  • SMI Advisor: Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness is an SAMSHA initiative that offers information on screening and treating serious mental illness. Resources are provided for both clinicians/providers and individuals/families.

Suicide Prevention

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free, confidential emotional support, 24/7, to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Visit the Native Americans & Alaska Natives page or call 800-273-TALK (8255).

Finding Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Violence is one factor that contributes to the issue of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. Below you will find resources that communities can use to respond to violence, including family violence, sexual assault and domestic violence, and human trafficking. Additionally, there are resources for those assisting in response efforts, for their own welfare. 

Addressing Violence

  • Project Safe Neighborhood is a nationwide initiative coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors and community leaders to identify violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
  • Changing Directions: Protecting Communities and Preventing Violence (panel presentation) was a CDC event featuring a panel of experts to topics impacting Native communities such as historic and ongoing trauma, institutional barriers, data misclassification and limited resources. Indigenous people have suffered historical and ongoing trauma through multiple avenues such as assimilation, language and land loss, forced placement in Indian boarding schools, and racism and micro-aggressions. These traumas contribute to AI/AN inequities.

Addressing Family Violence

Addressing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence

Addressing Human Trafficking

  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline serves victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the U.S. The toll-free hotline, funded by ACF, is available 24/7, nationwide, in more than 200 languages. Call 888-373-7888, contact by TTY at 711, or text 233733.

Support for Mental Health and Wellness

  • The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit from the Office for Victims of Crime provides tools and resources for professionals exposed to the traumatic experiences of other people — known as vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, emergency medical services, fire services, law enforcement and other allied professionals.
  • Self-Care Resources to Help Address Burnout and Increase Wellness in Tribal Child Welfare is a PDF from the Capacity Building Center for Tribes that offers tips and resources for professionals working in Tribal child welfare.
    Updated April 18, 2023