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.
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.
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.
When a loved one goes missing, time is critical. Do not delay in contacting local or tribal police to file a report when a family member or friend, regardless of their age, goes missing. This is especially important when there are any health issues, disabilities, impairments, or medication requirements.
Coordinated law enforcement response is pivotal because until a law enforcement investigation is conducted, it may be unknown if an individual is in danger. Taking a law enforcement report on every missing person is critical.
Addressing the MMIP crisis requires a multi-disciplinary response. Tribal and state MMIP taskforces across the country, including Operation Lady Justice the federal MMIP taskforce, are working to improve the response to MMIP.
More than 70 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives live in suburban and urban communities.
- Build your knowledge about the alarming prevalence of MMIP
- Learn about MMIP and recommendations for addressing the crisis
- Reach out to tribal coalitions and tribal victim service providers
- Visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for additional resources
You are Not Alone
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.