DOJ Consultation Meeting on the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Needs of Native Americans

On January 14, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ) issued a Dear Tribal Leader letter inviting Tribal leaders to a two-day government-to-government consultation on March 16 and 17, 2022. The purpose of this two-day consultation is to discuss “DOJ’s efforts to address the unacceptably high rate of violent crime in Native communities, including the rates of missing or murdered indigenous persons.” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco directed this consultation in her November 15, 2021  memorandum establishing the DOJ’s Steering Committee to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous persons (MMIP). The OTJ is also welcoming written comments via email to until April 15, 2022. The meetings will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST on both days.

On November 15, 2021, during the White House Tribal Nations Summit, President Biden signed Executive Order 14053 (E.O.) “Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People,” which directed the Administration to work together with Tribes to “build safe and healthy Tribal communities and to support comprehensive law enforcement, prevention, intervention, and support services.”  The E.O. also recognizes that because “approximately 70 percent of American Indian and Alaska Natives live in urban areas and part of this epidemic of violence is against Native American people in urban areas, we must continue that work on Tribal lands but also build on existing strategies to identify solutions directed toward the particular needs of urban Native Americans.”  To that end, in her November 15, 2021 memorandum, Deputy Attorney General Monaco directed DOJ’s Steering Committee to seek and consider the views of stakeholders including Urban Indian Organizations.

KRC Articles

The Never-Ending Maze: Continued Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the USA

Authors: Amnesty International

Publication Year: 2022

Last Updated: May 17, 2022

Journal: Amnesty International

Keywords: Women's Health; VAWA


Short Abstract: More than half of all American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime; one in three have experienced rape. Since Amnesty International first reported on this issue in 2007, rates of violence against Indigenous women have not significantly changed, and the US government continues to fail to adequately prevent and respond to such violence. This is the Executive Summary of the report [available at] which details some of the factors that contribute the high rates of sexual violence against Indigenous women, and the barriers to justice that they continue to face.


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Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women: New Efforts Are Underway but Opportunities Exist to Improve the Federal Response

Authors: Government Accountability Office
Publication Year: 2021
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2021
Journal: Government Accountability Office
Keywords: Awareness; Data Collection; Development; Minority Groups; Race; Violence; Women's Health

Short Abstract: Research has proven that AI/AN women in the U.S. experience higher rates of violence than most other women. Due to this, tribal and federal officials have stated that this incidence of violence constitutes a crisis. Due to lack of an adequate response/data, GAO was asked to review the federal response to the missing or murdered AI/AN women crisis. This report examines the not only the numbers of missing and murdered AI/AN women, but also the DOD and DOJ's response thus far.


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