Nicole MartinRogers, Wilder Foundation: Why has this issue been so hard to track?
Mary Sam, a Mille Lacs perspective: Why is this considered an invisible topic in our rural communities?
Sheila Lamb, Cloquet City Council: How systems make it easier for violence to impact public safety
Action Step #1: Contact Legislators Now About SF 1989
SF 1989 would establish a small office focused on the MMIR crisis for two years, perhaps at $500K per year, to track, connect with officials, and work toward best practices at reducing the numbers of so many missing and murdered Indigenous people in Minnesota every month. The office is in danger of not being funded this year. The committee in charge of moving the bill forward is headed by Sen. Limmer and other Judiciary & Public Safety committee members.
Action Step #2: Encourage media and policing to improve its reporting