Missing or Murdered Indigenous People Information and Resources

Tribal

Overview

Generations of American Indians and Alaska Natives have mourned missing and murdered loved ones. Their calls for justice and healing through grassroots activism and advocacy have created nationwide attention and increased support for this Missing or Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) crisis.

Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR), or other names specific to a tribal community (such as Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives, MMDR, in the Navajo Nation) all refer to this crisis.

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Federal Funding for MMIP

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside (TVSSA) funds can be used to support the family members of victims of MMIP. This funding can be used to generate awareness about their loved ones and cases. TVSSA funds can be used to—

  • Increase MMIP community awareness.
  • Develop MMIP response protocols between multiple agencies and organizations.
  • Offer education on the intersections of MMIP with other crimes (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking). 
  • Promote a tribal program’s healing services for families and survivors. 

TVSSA funding is non-competitive. For more details about the types of victim service activities that can be supported through this TVSSA program, see the fiscal year 2022 TVSSA Program Announcement.

In addition to TVSSA, there are other federal funding programs available to support the response to MMIP.

Educational Resources to Help Bring Healing and Justice

Working together will help bring healing and justice to the victims and families of MMIP. Click on the headers below to find basic educational materials and resources to get you started in supporting MMIP work.

 

You are Not Alone

If you need to talk with someone, contact StrongHearts Native Helpline at 844-7NATIVE (762-8483) or the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center at 907-328-3990.

 

No-Cost Assistance for Tribal Communities

The Center assists tribes and tribal organizations with starting, sustaining, or growing their anti-trafficking work. This no-cost assistance can be coordinated with MMIP work. Contact the Center at [email protected] or call 1-844-682-0411.