WASHINGTON – Home Secretary Deb Haaland announced on April 22 that she was moving forward to implement the non-invisible law, including creating a joint commission headed by the Home Affairs and Justice Ministries on Reducing Violent Crime Against American Indians and Alaska Natives.
According to a DOI statement, Congress enacted the Non-Invisible Law in October to increase intergovernmental coordination to identify and combat violent crimes against Indians and on Indian lands. The law calls on the Interior to coordinate prevention efforts, grants and programs related to missing and murdered indigenous peoples, the statement said.
Haaland was the main sponsor of the Invisible Law when she sat in Congress. The bill was passed unanimously by voice vote in both houses of Congress.
“A lack of urgency, transparency and coordination has hampered our country’s efforts to address violence against Native Americans and Alaska Natives,” Haaland said. “In partnership with the Ministry of Justice and with significant engagement with tribes and other stakeholders, the Interior will mobilize our resources to finally address the crisis of violence against indigenous peoples.”
According to the statement, Haaland is coordinating with Attorney General Merrick Garland to establish a joint commission and appoint members. The commission should be made up of at least 27 federal and non-federal members who represent diverse backgrounds, backgrounds and geography, and who are able to provide balanced views regarding the functions of the commission, the commission said. communicated. He also says the commission will hold hearings, collect testimony and receive evidence to develop recommendations for the federal government to tackle violent crimes against Indians and on Indian lands.
“For too long, tribes have suffered from high rates of violent crime that reverberate throughout the community. It is the federal government’s responsibility to partner with tribes to support and maintain safer communities, ”Garland said. “I look forward to working closely with Secretary Haaland to honor our treaty and tribal trust responsibilities, to meet the demands of the invisible law, and to strengthen our nation-to-nation partnership with governments. tribal. ”
According to the statement, Haaland’s announcement follows his recent formation of a new Missing and Murdered Unit within the Office of Indian Affairs of the Bureau of Justice Services to provide leadership and direction for inter-ministerial and inter-agency work. involving missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. . The MMU will help put the full weight of the federal government in investigating these cases and mobilize law enforcement resources in federal agencies and across the Indian country, according to the publication.