ANCHORAGE – For the first time in Alaska, the Curyung Tribal Council of Dillingham and the Indigenous Village of Unalakleet have unanimously approved their Tribal Community Response Plans for the Missing and Murdered (MMIP) as part of the national MMIP initiative of the Ministry of Justice.
“The adoption of these plans marks an important step in the search for lasting solutions to the challenge of MMIP in Alaska,” said Interim US Attorney Bryan Wilson of the District of Alaska. “Over the past several months, tribal officials, law enforcement officials and victim service organizations have come together to design a plan that works for victims and their families while remaining culturally sensitive and sensitive. balance with what the law requires. “
In support of and to celebrate this important milestone, members of the AK MMIP task force, including members of the United States Attorney’s Office, the United States Coast Guard and Victims for Justice, traveled to Dillingham on Tuesday to attend the adoption by Curyung of his TCRP. On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard transported members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Law, Task Force, Village Police Security Officer Program to the Tanana Chiefs and Victims for Justice Conference to celebrate the success and adoption of the indigenous village of Unalakleet. of its TCRP.
A TCRP is a guide on how a tribal community will strengthen its response capacity, collaborate with law enforcement, and provide other support in response to a report of a new missing or murdered person. The TCRP is individualized and tailored to the needs, resources and culture of each local community.
According to its detailed plan, “Curyung will work with individuals and agencies to promote the development and implementation of a coordinated community response to address issues of violence against citizens registered with the Curyung Tribal Council while honoring the victims, whatever the situation or their heritage.
The indigenous village of Unalakleet said in its detailed plan to “work collaboratively to support law enforcement, search and rescue, victim services and other support organizations” and ” ensure that all unresolved missing persons cases remain active by working with applicable local, state and federal law. “
Both TCRPs are comprehensive and include how and when to submit a missing person report, what will happen during a response, and who will lead the investigation. The plan also establishes a clear response structure and describes training opportunities as well as victim support services.
Next, Curyung Tribal Council and Unalakleet Indigenous Village will pilot a TCRP tabletop exercise with the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC). The exercise will help create a training module for tribal communities, law enforcement and other community stakeholders to practice their response to MMIP incidents. “By practicing and preparing for an MMIP incident, from the first report of a missing person to its resolution, tribal communities and multidisciplinary partners will improve their response across the state,” Wilson added.
In February, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that three Alaska tribal communities had volunteered to participate as Alaska pilot sites in the establishment of TCRP. The sites include the tribal communities of the Curyung Tribal Council (Dillingham), the indigenous village of Unalakleet and the indigenous village of Koyukuk. The next step is to create TCRP models based on the work of the pilot project sites. The models will be shared with tribal communities across the state who can then adapt them to the specific needs, resources and culture of their communities.
Alaska is one of the first of six pilot states to develop community response plans under the United States Attorney General’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Initiative and the President’s Task Force on Operation Lady Justice. The other states are Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, and Oregon.
Note to editors:
The Alaska MMIP Task Force is a multidisciplinary team led by United States Attorney’s Office MMIP Coordinator Ingrid Cumberlidge, and comprised of law enforcement officials including:
- Alaska State Soldiers and VPSOs
- Anchorage Police Department,
- American Marshals
- Fairbanks Police Department
- BIA Cold Case Office
- Kotzebue Police Department
- Nomé Police Department
- Supervisors of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska VPSO
- VPSO supervisors of the Tanana Chiefs Conference.
- Alaska Department of Law Representatives
- US Coast Guard
- Tanana Chiefs Conference
- Tribal representatives from the Ahtna region, Orutsararmiut Indigenous Council, Sun’aq tribe of Kodiak
- Victim service providers; and
- Victims for Justice lawyers
- Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center
- Curyung Tribal Council (Dillingham)
- Unalakleet hometown
- Koyukuk Indigenous Village
Link to previous Alaska MMIP press releases:
Launch of pilot projects to combat missing and murdered Indigenous people February 8, 2021
U.S. Attorney Provides Update on Efforts to Promote Public Safety in Rural Alaska July 24, 2020
U.S. Attorney Appoints Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Coordinator for Alaska July 14, 2020
U.S. Attorney, FBI Announce Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Initiative November 27, 2019