FBI ramps up efforts to help Indigenous women and children

NationalCrimeCommunity Indigenous
Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 10/18/2023, 8:46 PM
Edited: 05/09/2024, 7:31 PM

(NATIONAL) The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released the results of “Operation Not Forgotten”, a special operation to help Indigenous women and children across the United States.

We’re told the operation had more than 40 FBI special agents, intelligence analysts and staff operations specialists dedicated to 10 FBI Field offices serving Indigenous communities. 

Officials said more than 220 cases were handled by investigators during the resource surge. 

“Operation Not Forgotten reflects the FBI’s relentless and continued commitment to ensuring the safety and security of women and children in Indigenous communities,” FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate said. “By expanding our presence in Indian Country and working closely with tribal law enforcement agencies and community advocates, the FBI aims to achieve meaningful and impactful progress in solving these cases and bringing justice for victims and their families and loved ones.” 

A report by the Urban Institute of Indian Health identifies the top ten states for MMIWG as follows: 

1. New Mexico 

2. Washington 

3. Arizona

4. Alaska 

5. Montana 

6. California 

7. Nebraska 

8. Utah

9. Minnesota

10. Oklahoma 

One of the field offices that received additional resources is located in Oklahoma City.  

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office reported the number of Native Americans killed in domestic violence situations increased by 17 percent from 2020 to 2021. 

Statistics from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) listed homicide as one of the leading causes of death for American Indian and Alaska Native females in 2020. 

They estimate about 4,200 Missing and Murdered cases have not been solved. 

“Operation Not Forgotten” specialists received special training about cultural sensitivities and the unique needs of indigenous individuals. 

The FBI said they will continue their commitment to helping women and children in Indigenous communities in close collaboration with tribal law enforcement agencies, tribal governments, and community members. 

Anyone with relevant information or tips related to MMIWG crimes can contact the FBI online here


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