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Feds launch Minnesota office on missing Indigenous cases

Feds launch Minnesota office on missing Indigenous cases Photo: WDIO/MGN

Updated: July 27, 2020 02:50 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Ivanka Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt visited the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington on Monday to open an office dedicated to investigating cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous peoples.

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The office is part of an effort to address violence against Native Americans, particularly women and girls, which advocates say are often overlooked by law enforcement nationwide.

Only 116 of the nearly 6,000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women reported in 2016 were listed in the Department of Justice’s database, according to the National Crime Information Center.

The Bloomington office is the first of seven being established nationally. The others will be in Rapid City, Billings, Nashville, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Anchorage.

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