AMBER Alert in Indian Country News

Honoring Senator McCain (1936-2018)

 

America has lost a hero and servant of the people with the passing of Senator John McCain of Arizona. Senator McCain exemplified all that is best about our country and made his life one of service to others. Senator McCain introduced what is now the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2018 after the abduction and murder of 11 year old Ashlynne Mike of the Navajo Nation. While this is only one example of his leadership, we can hope to honor his legacy by the work we do to protect children and to be better servants of the communities we serve.

 

With deepest respect,

Jim Walters, Program Administrator

AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College

Recent Indian Country News

25 years after the abduction of Amber Hagerman, hope and hard work continue

From the Dallas Morning News: “For the first time, police said they have DNA evidence that someday — with new technology that has solved other high-profile cold cases — could be the key to finding her killer.” A hallmark of surviving families is their strength and resilience in keeping hope – active and intentional – […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country – Issue 4 2020

A nine-member task force has begun compiling a report on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Utah. The task force hopes to understand the scope of the problem and stop further injustices from occurring. The members include representatives from Restoring Ancestral Winds, the Urban Indian Center, the Paiute Indian Tribe, and several state […]

First Year Report on Operation Lady Justice Activities & Accomplishments

(From the USDOJ official press release) The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) today [December 10, 2020] released a status report detailing accomplishments during its first year and outlining its strategy for the next 12 months. The President’s Executive Order (E.O.) 13898, set forth a range of tasks […]

AATTAP Attends the 4 Directions MMIW Conference

In November 2019, AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AATTAP-AIIC) team members attended the 1st Annual 4 Directions MMIW Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The conference was hosted by the Chickasaw Nation and included speakers who addressed a variety of topics related to missing and murdered Indigenous women such […]

Penobscot Nation and AMBER Alert in Indian Country

AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AATTAP-AIIC) team members attended the U.S. Department of Justice Tribal Access Program’s November 2019 (TAP) deployment with the Penobscot Tribal Court and Police Department, in Indian Island, Maine. The AATTAP-AIIC provided a presentation on the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2018 and spoke with Penobscot Tribal Police, […]

Tribal Leaders Summit and Trade Show

In September 2019, AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AATTAP-AIIC) team members attended the Annual Tribal Leaders Summit and Trade Show in Bismarck, North Dakota. This yearly event, is hosted by the United Tribes Technical College and brings together nearly 700 tribal leaders and partners from across the Great […]

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT RESEARCH FINDS ALASKA VILLAGE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS MAKING IMPACT IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES INVOLVING MINORS

WASHINGTON – Research funded by the Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice found that Alaska Village Public Safety Officers improve the justice system’s response to sexual violence by increasing the likelihood that, in investigations involving minors, a case is referred for prosecution, according to an article published today by NIJ. The study by […]

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NAVAJO NATION GETS AMBER ALERT

WINDOW ROCK – On Tuesday, Navajo Nation Russell Begaye signed a contract to purchase a mass notification software to implement an emergency alert system for road closures, weather notifications, hazardous waste spills, wildland fires and AMBER Alerts.

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NATIONAL MISSING CHILDRENS DAY

OJJDP's official page for National Missing Children's Day, which takes place every May 25, includes resources for finding missing children, and details about the awards, ceremony and poster contest.

 

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SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES McCAIN BILL TO EXPAND AMBER ALERT SYSTEM ON NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today passed the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017Read the Full Release

CONGRESSMAN BIGGS INTRODUCES THE "AMBER ALERT IN INDIAN COUNTRY ACT OF 2017"

May 25, 2017  |  Press Release

"No child – regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, or birthplace – should be outside the protection and jurisdiction of such a vital security resource"

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017.

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FIRST CHILD RECOVERED BY AMBER ALERT LEAVING HOME FOR COLLEGE

She made headlines when she was only two months old, becoming the first child ever recovered by Arlington's then-fledgling Amber Alert system.

Now, 18-year-old Rae-Leigh Bradbury is preparing to graduate high school and has some big plans after that.

"I don't remember any of it, but I know the story," said Bradbury, who lives with her family in Fort Worth.

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A SIX-YEAR ANALYSIS OF SEX TRAFFICKERS OF MINORS: EXPLORING CHARACTERISTICS AND SEX TRAFFICKING PATTERNS

Sex trafficking is a pervasive national problem in the United States. Media reports indicate that sex trafficking occurs in both rural and urban areas with victims who are children and adults, of any gender, race, and sexual orientation.

Learn more and review dashboard and video information about the project here.

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SENATOR JOHN McCAIN INTRODUCES BILL TO EXPAND AMBER ALERT SYSTEM ON NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently introduced the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017, legislation that would expand the AMBER Alert child abduction warning system on Native American reservations by clarifying that Indian tribes are eligible for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants that help assemble AMBER Alert systems for law enforcement agencies.

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NAVAJO NATION AMBER ALERT & EMERGENCY ALERT TASK FORCE COMPLETES MILESTONE

BY NATIVE NEWS ONLINE STAFF | CURRENTS | 14 JAN 2017

WINDOW ROCK – On Jan. 9, the Navajo Nation Amber Alert and Emergency Alert Task Force under the direction of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, Department of Emergency Management accomplished a huge milestone to bring the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) to the Navajo Nation.

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THE INDIAN COUNTRY CHILD TRAUMA CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA AND KOGNITO LAUNCH SIMULATION TO TRAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT ON TRAUMA-INFORMED POLICING

ROLE-PLAY SIMULATION PREPARES TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS TO LEAD MORE EFFECTIVE REAL-LIFE INTERACTIONS WITH TRIBAL YOUTH

January 31, 2017 – The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center, housed at the Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, and Kognito, an innovator in developing evidence-based role-play simulations, have announced the launch of an interactive role-play simulation aimed at building the capacity among law enforcement professionals to lead more effective interactions with tribal youth.

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Tucson Air Branch helps FBI with AMBER Alert

TUCSON – Two teams from the Air and Marine Operation’s Tucson Air Branch (TAB), responding to an Amber Alert released today out of Chandler, Arizona, joined with the FBI and Navajo Nation police to locate a missing girl, and detain a male suspect involved in her disappearance.

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Maci Lilley Found Alive: 4-Year Old Girl Abducted From Park Located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana

BILLINGS – Maci Maelyn Lilley was found alive and in good health after the 4-year-old girl was reported abducted in the Wolf Point area on Friday, Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a news release Sunday morning.
Lee Allmer, public information officer for Roosevelt County, said Lilley was discovered at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday...

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Tribal Prosecutor Now Leading Fight to Help Recover Abducted Indian Children

Hedi Bogda has a unique, perhaps unparalleled perspective on Native American culture and law. She is a tribal prosecutor, tribal judge and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Her background and skills are now being used to train prosecutors, judges and law enforcement officers handling child abduction cases in Indian Country.

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DOJ Press Release

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF PROGRAM TO ENHANCE TRIBAL ACCESS TO NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION DATABASES

Department of Justice Tribal Access Program Will Continue to Improve the Exchange of Critical Data

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice is expanding the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information which provides federally-recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. Tribes interested in participating in TAP must submit a letter or resolution from the tribe’s governing body by Dec. 2. TAP allows tribes to more effectively serve and protect their communities by ensuring the exchange of critical data...

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