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Missing and Murdered American Indians Task Force

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 12:19:48-05

State lawmakers are teaming up to address Oklahoma's Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.

And making sure their cases get attention.

State Representatives Mickey Dollens and Merelyn Bell were joined by advocates on Wednesday.

The lawmakers announced bills they plan to file for the upcoming legislative session.

Including one that would require the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to have a liaison to help families of missing people.

State Rep. Mickey Dollens says, "We figure that a way to do that is to have someone on the OSBI who has established strong relationships with Indian members...with tribal members. That can establish that trust and move us forward."

At the federal level, a new White House task force on the issue met for the first time yesterday.

It includes the US Attorney from Oklahoma's Northern District, Trent Shores.

The group will send a progress report to the White House this Fall.

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