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U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Debra Haaland created a new unit to seek justice for missing and murdered Indigenous people. The initiative includes the influx of $5 million to review unsolved cases and coordinate work among other agencies and organizations. Oklahoma just instituted a law that requires coordination among state and federal officials on cases involving missing and murdered Native people. These are among the efforts elected leaders have instituted to try and address the problem. We’ll get a view of what’s showing promise in combating the epidemic taking a toll on Indigenous people in the United States.
Kerri Colfer (Tlingit) – senior Native affairs advisor for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Mickey Dollens – representative of district 93 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives
Break 1 music: Traditional Side Step Song (song) Little Otter (artist) Side Step Songs (album)
Break 2 music: Natural Anthem (song) Jesse Ed Davis (artist) Keep Me Comin’ (album)