Indian Country

1000th AMBER Alert Recovery

An Enduring Legacy for Amber: 1,000 Success Stories (from missingkids.org)

The original post can be found at https://www.missingkids.org/blog/2020/1000-success-stories By Patricia Davis 07-23-2020 A home movie was being shown on the evening news, and Diana Simone stopped what she was doing to watch, curious why they were featuring an excited little girl opening her Christmas presents nearly three weeks after the holiday. The blue-eyed brunette happily […]

Chelsa Seciwa,  AATTAP-AIIC

United National Indian Tribal Youth Annual Conference

In July 2019, AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AATTAP-AIIC) team members attended the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. AATTAP-AIIC hosted an information table during the event, and representatives spoke with more than 1,000 youth regarding the topic of missing and exploited children, […]

AATTAP-AIIC: Tanea Parmenter, Chelsa Seciwa, and Susan Whitehorse

Oklahoma’s 33rd Annual Red Earth Festival

In June 2019, AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AATTAP-AIIC) team members attended the 33rd Annual Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This event welcomed thousands from throughout the country who came together to celebrate Native American cultures. The AATTAP-AIIC hosted an information table during the event, and […]

Group Photo from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Event in Oregon, May 2020

Strengthening the Safety Net

In honor of Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day and to support the efforts to fight this crisis, the City of Portland Tribal Relations Program sponsored “Strengthening the Safety Net: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Week” from May 3-8, 2020.  During this week, the City of Portland’s Tribal Relations Program […]

Screen shot of video feature for the 32nd annual candlelight vigil, national police week 2020

Recognizing Service and Protection for Tribal Communities: 2020 National Police Week

During this 2020 National Police Week, we wish to thank each of you for your service and sacrifice on behalf of the tribal communities across the United States. During these unprecedented times you have stayed strong, placing yourselves on the front lines, facing the dangers of the corona virus while protecting our children and our […]

Participants standing together outside near Shiprock, New Mexico, to participate in a memorial run/walk in honor of Ashlynne Mike

The 2020 Virtual Run/Walk in Honor of Ashlynne Mike

May 2, 2020, marked four years since the abduction and murder of Ashlynne Mike. In memory of Ashlynne, her mother, Pamela Foster, held a virtual walk/run to honor her daughter and bring awareness to missing and abducted children in Indian Country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pamela was unable to host a memorial run in […]

Recognizing the Importance of the Proclamation

With the signing of a proclamation declaring May 5th as Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day, President Trump has taken a step forward in our nation’s efforts to raise awareness and protect Native American and Alaskan Native communities. Before we can make any real progress, we as a nation must first […]

President Trump signs proclamation in the oval office with Native American representatives present

President Proclaims Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day 2020

As shared from WhiteHouse.gov’s Law and Justice Proclamation on May 5, 2020: The American Indian and Alaska Native people have endured generations of injustice.  They experience domestic violence, homicide, sexual assault, and abuse far more frequently than other groups.  These horrific acts, committed predominantly against women and girls, are egregious and unconscionable.  During Missing and […]

Tyesha Wood, Project Coordinator, AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance Program and ITCN Council Members

Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada Quarterly Meeting

Written by: Tyesha Wood On January 31, 2020, AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program and AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AATTAP-AIIC) team members Tyesha Wood and Tanea Parmenter attended the quarterly meeting of the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada (ITCN) in Sparks, Nevada. During this meeting, they provided a brief presentation on the Ashlynne Mike […]

AATTAP – AIIC Team Members and Representatives from the Wyoming State Patrol and Wind River Inter-Tribal Council

Wind River Inter-Tribal Council AMBER Alert Implementation Meeting

Written by: Tyesha Wood, Project Coordinator, AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance Program and ITCN Council Members On March 11, 2020, the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program and AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AATTAP-AIIC) team, in partnership with the Wyoming State AMBER Alert Program, conducted a one-day AMBER Alert in Indian Country Implementation […]

Read the Report to Congress

When a child is abducted, every second counts—and every decision matters. AMBER Alert is an early warning system that activates an urgent bulletin to galvanize community support and bring a missing child home. It is a powerful, modern alarm bell.

AMBER Alert in Indian Country

The Navajo Nation brought a nine-month-old baby safely back to his mother after issuing its first Endangered Missing Person Advisory. The Department of Emergency Management issued the advisory for Nickolias Elias Tom on September 26 after his non-custodial father took him and authorities determined the baby was in danger. The advisory was issued at 7:13 […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country

Tribal leaders, law enforcement, and child protection advocates came together September 25-26 in Fort McDowell, Arizona, to learn, dialogue and network at the inaugural session of what will be a series of collaborative training and technical assistance events under the new Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Law. The AMBER Alert Training and Technical […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country – Summer 2018

Near the steps of the Great Hall of Justice in Washington D.C., a work of art was displayed for all who took part in the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day ceremony. The painting depicts a sorrowful Native American girl holding a single eagle feather. The painting by Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist Kathleen Piccione is […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country – Spring 2018

The Navajo Nation can now issue its own AMBER Alerts when a child is abducted on tribal lands. The AMBER Alert system is in effect for the eleven counties that cover the reservation in Arizona and Utah. According to Harlan Cleveland, Emergency Coordinator and Acting Director for the Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management, the […]

HOUSE PASSES McCAIN-HEITKAMP BILL TO EXPAND AMBER ALERT SYSTEM ON NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS

The following press release was originally posted on: https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=D8F87771-66A8-47F5-9F83-E598051004BE Washington, D.C. ­– Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, legislation introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in the Senate that would expand the AMBER Alert child abduction warning system on Native American reservations. Specifically, the legislation would clarify […]

Kathleen Piccione (Chippewa)

Never Forgotten

“Never Forgotten” by Kathleen Piccione (Chippewa) Over the holidays I received a package in the mail which contained a framed print of a Native American child.  When I looked closely I saw that the print was signed by the artist and included the inscription; “Never Forgotten, In Memory of Ashlynne”.  While the artwork itself is […]

Ashton Fish Performance at the 2017 National AMBER Alert Symposium

  It took only a few minutes for 10-year old Ashton Fish to express for everyone at the 2017 AMBER Alert Symposium, through both word and dance, why everything possible must be done to protect missing and abducted children in Indian Country. “I want to be the voice for all the Indian children,” said Fish. […]

NAVAJO NATION GETS AMBER ALERT

Originally published at: http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/navajo-nation-gets-amber-alert/ WINDOW ROCK  – On Tuesday, Navajo Nation Russell Begaye signed a contract to purchase a mass notification software to implement an emergency alert system for road closures, weather notifications, hazardous waste spills, wildland fires and AMBER Alerts. “We always pray that we will never have another abduction, but we need this in place […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country – Fall 2017

The AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program added two new online training opportunities to its array of eLearning courses in September 2017. These two one-hour trainings are uniquely designed for tribal law enforcement and others working in child protection efforts in tribal communities. For complete information, and to register, visit the AMBER Alert in […]

Tribal Child Protection Symposium Offered in North Dakota

Tribal officials and AMBER Alert partners gathered for a child protection symposium on June 1-2, 2017, in Bismarck, North Dakota, to share ideas on helping children in Indian Country. The symposium included presentations on child exploitation, human trafficking, and endangered and abducted children. Presentations addressed the latest tools and technologies to support AMBER Alert programs […]

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“She Was a Sweet Girl and Did Not Deserve to Die”

Casey Jo Pipestem was raised in Oklahoma City as a member of the Seminole Tribe. Casey’s grandmother raised her until she passed away when Casey was just 7 years old. She then lived with other relatives, but found it difficult to fit in while living in rural communities. Casey dropped out of high school, moved […]

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Navajo Tribal Members Use Walk to Raise Awareness About Abduction Victims

Tribal members joined together for a 5-mile walk to Window Rock, the seat of the Navajo Nation, to raise awareness about the AMBER Alert and abducted children. They carried banners, signs and ribbons to keep the memory of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike alive following her May 2016 abduction and murder. “If something was ever to happen […]

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New Mexico Will Issue AMBER Alerts for the Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation will now issue AMBER Alerts through the New Mexico Child Abduction Alert System. The state would also notify Arizona and Utah if the Navajo Nation issues an AMBER Alert. New Mexico will issue the alerts as the Navajo Nation Alert System Task Force works to fully develop an AMBER Alert program, a […]

Cindy McCain

2016 TRIBAL SYMPOSIUM

The Tribal Child Protection Leadership Forum and Symposium began with a traditional Native American blessing that included the words, “Oh child where are you?” The events took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 19-21, 2016, and included representatives from more than 25 tribes who shared lessons learned and experiences with AMBER Alert Coordinators, Missing Persons Clearinghouse […]