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Justice Department working with tribes on missing persons

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes
Posted at 12:30 PM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 19:36:17-04

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Justice Department has finalized its first plan to help address the problem of missing and murdered Native people on one of the largest reservations in Montana. It's aimed at mobilizing local and federal resources and expanding the investigative capabilities of tribal law enforcement agencies. But advocates say the effort has a big hole because it doesn’t apply if someone goes missing off the reservation. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are the first in the nation to complete a community response plan. President Donald Trump initiated a federal task force to look into the issue and his attorney general committed to hiring 11 coordinators at U.S. attorneys offices across the country.