Biden signs order to address epidemic of murdered, missing Indigenous people

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President Biden Put signature on The White House said an executive order on Monday instructs federal agencies to devise strategies to combat the pandemic of killing and missing indigenous people.

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Running news: The order is part of announcements expected this week as the White House hosts the first Tribal Nations summit since 2016.

  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration would unveil new steps to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans, as well as better protect private lands, treaty rights and holy places. during a briefing Friday.

big picture: According to the White House, the new order serves to empower the Departments of Justice, Interior and Homeland Security to address specific law enforcement issues and provide support to tribal nations as they implement tribal-focused responses.

  • The order also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to help develop plans for violence prevention and survivor support initiatives, according to the fact sheet.
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state of play: In April, the Interior Department created a new unit to support the investigation of missing and slain American Indians and Alaska Natives.

  • About 1,500 American Indian and Alaska Native people have been reported missing at the National Crime Information Center, and about 2,700 counts of manslaughter and reckless homicide have been filed with the federal government. Department of the Interior,
  • yes but: The limits of data collection mean the number of indigenous people killed and missing is high, indigenous group And Advocates Say.

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