The following is a press release from the US Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The US Attorney’s Office for Oregon District today released its first annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) program report, US attorney Billy J. Williams announced. The report is the first of its kind produced by a U.S. attorney since the Department of Justice launched a new national strategy to combat missing and murdered Native Americans in November 2019.
“For generations, Alaskan Indians and natives have suffered disproportionately high levels of violence. Tragically, this is not a crisis of the past; It is a crisis of the present, “said US attorney Williams. “In this report, we look back and forth, summarize what is known about missing and murdered tribes in Oregon, and outline our plans and goals for the year ahead. While we won’t resolve this problem overnight, our office is working closely with law enforcement partners in Oregon, other U.S. law firms, and the U.S. Department of Justice to end endemic violence in the Indian country. “
The Oregon District report provides an overview of current Oregon-related MMIP cases and the US Attorney’s MMIP strategy for tribal communities, law enforcement, and the public. Data carried out by the US Attorney General said eleven missing and eight murdered indigenous people are linked to Oregon.
In 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold formal tribal consultations with the nine tribal governments of Oregon to discuss MMIP issues, develop response plans for the MMIP community, establish an MMIP working group for Oregon District, provide data on MMIP cases in Oregon continue to develop and improve collaboration among all involved units that interact with MMIP cases.
MMIP is an important and sensitive issue for tribal communities. Treating MMIP in the Indian country is particularly difficult due to jurisdiction issues, lack of coordination and insufficient resources. For the first time in US history, however, there is a national federal strategy – formalized through legislation, executive ordinance, and departmental guidelines – to address MMIP issues.