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US Attorney General Barr unveils initiative during MT visit

AG Barr meets with CSKT Tribal leaders
Posted at 5:08 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-23 12:45:26-05

United States Attorney General William Barr was in the Mission Valley on Friday to address a growing problem on reservations.

Attorney General Barr announced in front of Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe leaders a new initiative aimed at helping to reduce the number of new Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP) cases and to help solve ongoing investigations.

The new initiative creates 11 MMIP coordinators in 11 different states -- including Montana. It also creates FBI rapid deployment teams to help combat this nationwide epidemic.

William Barr CSKT
US Attorney General William Barr with CSKT leaders in Pablo on 11.22.19.

“We’re establishing an FBI rapid deployment teams. A tribal, state or local law enforcement agency can request expert assistance from the FBI based on the specific circumstances of the missing person case,” Attorney General Barr said.

He added that President Donald Trump is aware of the MMIP problem in the country and will have more to address the crisis in the future.