The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives will hold listening sessions to be conducted by teleconference.

The June 2, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, session will address tribes in the Bureau of Indian Affair’s Midwest and Great Plains Regions (South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Nebraska). Registration information for the listening session is at https://operationladyjustice.usdoj.gov/.

The task force, designated Operation Lady Justice, will review Indian Country cold cases, strengthen law enforcement protocols, and work with tribes to improve investigations, information sharing and a more seamless response to missing persons investigations.

Tribal Listening Session Webinars are open to tribal leaders and others. Sessions will include a short presentation about the current activities of the task force, followed by a listening session.

The members of the task force are:

Katharine (Katie) Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, designee for the Attorney General

Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, designee for the Secretary of the Interior

Terry Wade, Executive Assistant Director, Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Laura Rogers, Acting Director, Office on Violence Against Women

Charles (Charlie) Addington, Deputy Bureau Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services

Trent Shores, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and Chair of the Native American Issues Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee

Jean (Jeannie) Hovland, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs and Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services

Marcia Good, of the Department of Justice, serves as the executive director of the task force.

The task force will present a progress report to the president by Nov. 26, 2020, and a final report detailing its activities and accomplishments by Nov. 26, 2021.

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