Not Invisible Act Commission

A lack of urgency, transparency, and coordination has hampered our country’s efforts to combat violence against American Indian and Alaska Native people. In partnership with the Justice Department and with extensive engagement with Tribes and other stakeholders, the Interior Department is marshalling our resources to finally address the crisis of violence against Indigenous peoples.” 
Secretary Deb Haaland

At the Department of the Interior, we believe that everyone deserves to feel safe in their communities, but American Indian and Alaska Native people are at a disproportionate risk of experiencing violence, murder, or going missing. For too long, the national crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples has been overlooked and underfunded.

On Oct. 10, 2020, the Not Invisible Act of 2019 was signed into law as the first bill in history to be introduced and passed by four U.S. congressional members enrolled in their respective federally recognized Tribes, led by Secretary Deb Haaland during her time in Congress.

Secretary Haaland, in coordination with Attorney General Merrick Garland, is now working to implement the Not Invisible Act. They established the Not Invisible Act Commission, a cross jurisdictional advisory committee composed of law enforcement, Tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, family members of missing and murdered individuals, and most importantly — survivors.

The Commission’s purpose is to make recommendations to the Departments of the Interior and Justice to improve intergovernmental coordination and establish best practices for state, Tribal, and federal law enforcement, to bolster resources for survivors and victim’s families, and to combat the epidemic of missing persons, murder, and trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs).

Among its mission, the Commission will:   

  • Identify, report and respond to instances of missing and murdered Indigenous peoples (MMIP) cases and human trafficking,
  • Develop legislative and administrative changes necessary to use federal programs, properties, and resources to combat the crisis, 
  • Track and report data on MMIP and human trafficking cases, 
  • Consider issues related to the hiring and retention of law enforcement offices, 
  • Coordinate Tribal-state-federal resources to combat MMIP and human trafficking offices on Indian lands, and   
  • Increase information sharing with Tribal governments on violent crimes investigations and other prosecutions on Indian lands.   

The Commission has the authority to hold hearings, gather testimony, and receive additional evidence and feedback from its members to develop recommendations to the Secretary and Attorney General.

Members of the Commission:

  • Bazil-Lu Adams, Officer, Yakama Nation Police Department
  • Natasha Anderson, Staff Attorney, Nez Perce Tribe Office of Legal Counsel
  • Deidra Williams Angulo, Sonder Mind Mental Health Services
  • Eric Broderick, retired mental health professional
  • Ruth Buffalo, Legislator, 27th House District of North Dakota
  • Grace Bulltail, survivor or family member of missing or murdered person
  • Francisco Burrola, Special Agent in Charge for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Elizabeth Carr, Senior Advisor to the Director, Indian Health Services – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kerri Colfer, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
  • Christine Crossland, Senior Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice – U.S. Department of Justice
  • Amber Kanazbah Crotty, Council Delegate, The Navajo Nation Council
  • Jordan Dresser, Chairman, Northern Arapaho Tribal Business Council
  • Michelle Demmert, Tribal Judge, Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
  • Dale Fine, Jr. Special Agent, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
  • Leanne Guy, survivor or family member of missing or murdered person
  • Jolene Hardesty, Michigan State Police, Missing Children’s Clearing House Analyst
  • Carmen Harvie, survivor or family member of missing or murdered person
  • Karen 'Kari' Hearod, Director, Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy; Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Don Hedrick, Chief of Police, Rapid City Police Department
  • Tamra Truett Jerue, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center
  • Vivian Korthuis, CEO of the Association of Village Council Presidents, Native Village of Emmonak
  • Hope MacDonald LoneTree, Deputy Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Annita Lucchesi, survivor or family member of missing or murdered person
  • Jason O’Neal, Director, Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior
  • Gregg Peterman, Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney for District of South Dakota; US Attorney's Office—U.S. Department of Justice
  • Kimberly Poyer, Section Chief, Victim Services Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation – U.S. Department of Justice
  • Allison Randall, Acting Director, Office of Violence Against Women— U.S. Department of Justice
  • Shawnna Roach, Investigator, Cherokee Nation Marshal Service
  • Delight Satter, Senior Health Scientist/Advisor to the Director for Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Katherine Darke Schmitt, Deputy Director, Office of Victims of Crime – U.S. Department of Justice
  • Heston Silbert, Colonel, Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • Sonya Tetnowski, National Council of Urban Indian Health
  • Karonienhawi Thomas, Detective Sergeant, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department
  • Kristin Welch, Waking Women Healing Institute
  • Patricia Whitefoot, survivor or family member of missing or murdered person
  • Cord Wood, Captain, Oregon State Police
  • Daniel Yonkin, Detective, Lake County Montana Sheriff’s Office

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