Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day, 2020, 27633-27635 [2020-10076]

Download as PDF 27633 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 90 Friday, May 8, 2020 Title 3— Proclamation 10026 of May 5, 2020 The President Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day, 2020 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The American Indian and Alaska Native people have endured generations of injustice. They experience domestic violence, homicide, sexual assault, and abuse far more frequently than other groups. These horrific acts, committed predominantly against women and girls, are egregious and unconscionable. During Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day, we reaffirm our commitment to ending the disturbing violence against these Americans and to honoring those whose lives have been shattered and lost. Resiliency, collaboration, and resourcefulness are all necessary to eradicate the heartbreaking incidents of missing persons and fatal violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities across our country. My Administration stands squarely behind the tribal governments that are leading the efforts to address this pattern of violence so that their people can live in peace and thrive. The Yakama Nation in southern Washington is using the State’s major violent crime database to track the disappearance of tribal members. On the Navajo Reservation, the Missing and Murdered Dine´ Relatives Work Group is working to end sex trafficking, child abductions, and other challenges within the largest tribal jurisdiction in the Nation. In Montana, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are engaged with State officials to prioritize cases of missing and murdered tribal citizens. Beyond these and other efforts, tribal communities are leveraging rich cultural traditions of healing ceremonies and spiritual practices to offer refuge, compassion, and comfort to individuals and families in crisis. Under my Administration, tribal governments are not alone in fighting the epidemic of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native people. In October of 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded more than $270 million in grants to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women, and support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The DOJ’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative is placing coordinators in 11 United States Attorneys’ offices to develop comprehensive law enforcement responses to missing persons cases. These responses also include the use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s advanced capabilities, enhanced data collection, and analysis to support local efforts when required. The Department of the Interior (DOI) is also taking action to address the critical concerns of American Indian and Alaska Native communities. DOI’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has launched a series of ‘‘Reclaiming Our Native Communities’’ roundtables focused on domestic violence prevention of missing or murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women, children, and men. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services (BIA–OJS) is equipping officers to handle long-standing cold cases and child abduction investigations, including positioning Special Agents on cold-case task forces in strategic locations throughout the country. BIA–OJS has partnered with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System to aid in identifying missing persons cases involving Native Americans. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:58 May 07, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\08MYD0.SGM 08MYD0 27634 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 90 / Friday, May 8, 2020 / Presidential Documents Additionally, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made the health and safety of American Indian and Alaska Native communities a priority. HHS is developing a comprehensive, whole-person approach for strengthening these vulnerable populations through prevention, health, and education activities. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) partners with tribes and tribal organizations to strengthen responses to Native American victims of domestic violence. ACF will soon disburse $22 million to increase the public health response and expand shelter and supportive services to victims of family violence, domestic violence, and dating abuse in tribal communities. To help bolster these efforts to address this terrible crisis, last November, I was proud to sign an Executive Order establishing Operation Lady Justice. This interagency task force is developing an aggressive government-wide strategy for ending the cycle of violence and providing grants to improve public safety in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The task force is consulting with tribal leaders to develop and strengthen investigative protocols to resolve new and unsolved cases, improve information and data sharing, establish best practices for communicating with families throughout an investigation, and raise public awareness through outreach to affected communities. Tragically, violence is prevalent in tribal communities, but we are determined to reverse this unacceptable trend. Through partnerships across Federal, State, and tribal governments, we are aggressively working to ensure that members of tribal communities can live lives free from fear of violence. We will not waver in our mission to bring healing, justice, hope, and restoration to our American Indian and Alaska Native communities. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2020, as Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day. I call upon all Americans and all Federal, State, tribal, and local governments to increase awareness of the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives through appropriate programs and activities. 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[FR Doc No: 2020-10076]



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Vol. 85

Friday,

No. 90

May 8, 2020

Part III





The President





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Proclamation 10026--Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska 
Natives Awareness Day, 2020


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 90 / Friday, May 8, 2020 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 10026 of May 5, 2020

                
Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska 
                Natives Awareness Day, 2020

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                The American Indian and Alaska Native people have 
                endured generations of injustice. They experience 
                domestic violence, homicide, sexual assault, and abuse 
                far more frequently than other groups. These horrific 
                acts, committed predominantly against women and girls, 
                are egregious and unconscionable. During Missing and 
                Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness 
                Day, we reaffirm our commitment to ending the 
                disturbing violence against these Americans and to 
                honoring those whose lives have been shattered and 
                lost.

                Resiliency, collaboration, and resourcefulness are all 
                necessary to eradicate the heartbreaking incidents of 
                missing persons and fatal violence experienced by 
                American Indian and Alaska Native communities across 
                our country. My Administration stands squarely behind 
                the tribal governments that are leading the efforts to 
                address this pattern of violence so that their people 
                can live in peace and thrive. The Yakama Nation in 
                southern Washington is using the State's major violent 
                crime database to track the disappearance of tribal 
                members. On the Navajo Reservation, the Missing and 
                Murdered Din[eacute] Relatives Work Group is working to 
                end sex trafficking, child abductions, and other 
                challenges within the largest tribal jurisdiction in 
                the Nation. In Montana, the Confederated Salish and 
                Kootenai Tribes are engaged with State officials to 
                prioritize cases of missing and murdered tribal 
                citizens. Beyond these and other efforts, tribal 
                communities are leveraging rich cultural traditions of 
                healing ceremonies and spiritual practices to offer 
                refuge, compassion, and comfort to individuals and 
                families in crisis.

                Under my Administration, tribal governments are not 
                alone in fighting the epidemic of violence against 
                American Indian and Alaska Native people. In October of 
                2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded more than 
                $270 million in grants to improve public safety, serve 
                victims of crime, combat violence against women, and 
                support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska 
                Native communities. The DOJ's Missing and Murdered 
                Indigenous Persons Initiative is placing coordinators 
                in 11 United States Attorneys' offices to develop 
                comprehensive law enforcement responses to missing 
                persons cases. These responses also include the use of 
                the Federal Bureau of Investigation's advanced 
                capabilities, enhanced data collection, and analysis to 
                support local efforts when required.

                The Department of the Interior (DOI) is also taking 
                action to address the critical concerns of American 
                Indian and Alaska Native communities. DOI's Bureau of 
                Indian Affairs has launched a series of ``Reclaiming 
                Our Native Communities'' roundtables focused on 
                domestic violence prevention of missing or murdered 
                American Indian and Alaska Native women, children, and 
                men. The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice 
                Services (BIA-OJS) is equipping officers to handle 
                long-standing cold cases and child abduction 
                investigations, including positioning Special Agents on 
                cold-case task forces in strategic locations throughout 
                the country. BIA-OJS has partnered with the National 
                Missing and Unidentified Persons System to aid in 
                identifying missing persons cases involving Native 
                Americans.

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                Additionally, the Department of Health and Human 
                Services (HHS) has made the health and safety of 
                American Indian and Alaska Native communities a 
                priority. HHS is developing a comprehensive, whole-
                person approach for strengthening these vulnerable 
                populations through prevention, health, and education 
                activities. The Administration for Children and 
                Families (ACF) partners with tribes and tribal 
                organizations to strengthen responses to Native 
                American victims of domestic violence. ACF will soon 
                disburse $22 million to increase the public health 
                response and expand shelter and supportive services to 
                victims of family violence, domestic violence, and 
                dating abuse in tribal communities.

                To help bolster these efforts to address this terrible 
                crisis, last November, I was proud to sign an Executive 
                Order establishing Operation Lady Justice. This 
                interagency task force is developing an aggressive 
                government-wide strategy for ending the cycle of 
                violence and providing grants to improve public safety 
                in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The 
                task force is consulting with tribal leaders to develop 
                and strengthen investigative protocols to resolve new 
                and unsolved cases, improve information and data 
                sharing, establish best practices for communicating 
                with families throughout an investigation, and raise 
                public awareness through outreach to affected 
                communities.

                Tragically, violence is prevalent in tribal 
                communities, but we are determined to reverse this 
                unacceptable trend. Through partnerships across 
                Federal, State, and tribal governments, we are 
                aggressively working to ensure that members of tribal 
                communities can live lives free from fear of violence. 
                We will not waver in our mission to bring healing, 
                justice, hope, and restoration to our American Indian 
                and Alaska Native communities.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2020, as 
                Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska 
                Natives Awareness Day. I call upon all Americans and 
                all Federal, State, tribal, and local governments to 
                increase awareness of the crisis of missing and 
                murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives through 
                appropriate programs and activities.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand 
                twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of 
                America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2020-10076
Filed 5-7-20; 11:15 am]
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