President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order Tuesday morning that will establish a task force to address violence in the Native American community.
The order was first introduced Friday by the Justice Department. The initiative will foster cooperation between the US Attorney’s office, the FBI, and local groups to locate missing Native Americans and address the growing number of murder cases, Justice Department officials said.
“American Indian and Alaska Native people suffer from unacceptable and disproportionately high levels of violence, which can have lasting impacts on families and communities. Native American women face particularly high rates of violence, with at least half suffering sexual or intimate-partner violence in their lifetime. Too many of these families have experienced the loss of loved ones who went missing or were murdered,” said Attorney General William P. Barr in a statement.
“This important initiative will further strengthen the federal, state, and tribal law enforcement response to these continuing problems.”