FBI updates list of Native Americans who have been verified missing throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation


FBI News:

The FBI has updated a list of Native Americans it has verified are missing in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.

The list, first published on July 25, has been updated to add 19 names while 10 have been removed.

There are a total of 186 missing Indigenous people now on the list, which can be found at fbi.gov/mmip.

“This list exceeded our expectations,” said Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division. “In addition to appearing accurate for the state of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, the list has galvanized local and tribal law enforcement agencies to update their records on missing Indigenous peoples. C “This is good news for families looking for answers. The public has also reached out to us and our partners to share information.”

If someone’s relative is included in the names, the FBI actively checks numerous law enforcement databases and other sources nationwide to identify leads that will be quickly forwarded to the agency. appropriate.

If a missing Native family member is not on this list, the next of kin are asked to contact their local or tribal law enforcement agency and ask them to submit a missing person report to the INCC.

For further assistance with their application, family members or local law enforcement may contact the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Anyone with knowledge of the location of anyone on this list is urged to contact law enforcement.

Partners involved in the project include the United States Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Justice Services, Missing and Murdered Native Women and Relatives Task Force (MMIWR) , New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, New Mexico. Department of Indian Affairs, Bernalillo County Attorney’s Office, and City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion.

The FBI also received information and support from the Navajo Nation, Native American Pueblos, and local law enforcement.

It is planned to update this list monthly.

Nohemi M. Moore