During a virtual discussion August 27, hosted by the American Public Health Association, the director of a newly formed Indigenous-led non-profit talked about Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and why Indigenous data sovereignty is so important in Alaska.

Charlene Aqpik Apok is the executive director of the Alaska-based Data for Indigenous Justice.

For years, Bristol Bay has raised awareness of MMIW. Alaska's new cold case office aims to help

Sep 11, 2020

Tribal Judge Ingrid Cumberlidge is the state's first Missing and Murdered Indeginous Persons coordinator. Cumberlidge is Aleut and Tlingit. She’s from Sand Point, and she’s worked there as an educator and Tribal Court chief judge for 30 years. 

On July 27, the U.S. Department of Interior announced it will open its first office dedicated to investigating cold cases in what has been called an epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous People. There will be seven of these offices nationwide.

U.S. Senate passes bill with funds for murdered and missing indigenous women

Nov 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate agreed to spend $6.5 million to tackle the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women.

It’s a small line-item within a massive spending package, but it’s one Sen. Lisa Murkowski is proud to have included.

“That opens up funding to go … to investigate cold cases and just really put some energy behind this issue,” Murkowski said.