federal government. Launches First-Ever Michigan Advance Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Database
The US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has launched a new website dedicated to investigating the missing and murdered Native Americans and Alaska Natives across the country, the first of its kind offered by the federal government.
In Michigan and elsewhere, Native American murders are the least likely to be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Before the BIA’s announcement on Friday, there was no national database of missing and murdered indigenous women.
At the same time, Native Americans face disproportionately higher rates of murder, violence and sex trafficking; Indigenous women face a murder rate 10 times the national average, while approximately 84% experience some form of violence in their lifetime.
Deb Haaland, Secretary of the US Department of the Interior established the Missing and Murdered Unit (MMU) within his department in the spring and has since made the issue a top priority. Haaland is the first Indigenous person to run the agency.
BIA Deputy Secretary Bryan Newland, a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian community in Michigan, has also worked closely on the issue.
In the new database, viewers can see a list of missing or murdered cases across the country, along with case details and photos of each individual submitted by their families. There are also links to submit advice or report information about a case, as well as information about the crisis.