WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) applauded the Department of Justice’s new national strategy to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous persons.
“The silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous persons is wreaking havoc on our families and our communities,” said Mullin. “All parties have to work together to fight back against this epidemic of violence and this national strategy is a step in the right direction. I applaud Attorney General Barr and the Department of Justice for taking this initiative that will help federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies better coordinate their efforts.”
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Initiative will establish MMIP coordinators in 11 states including Oklahoma, provide Specialized FBI Rapid Deployment Teams and perform comprehensive data analysis.
Earlier this year, Mullin introduced H.R. 4289, the BADGES for Native Communities Act, which addresses barriers that stand in the way of improving the efficiency of law enforcement agency data sharing and officer recruitment and retention, both of which are imperative to address this crisis.