White House – President Donald Trump in a surprisingly progressive move signed an executive order Tuesday, November 26, creating a task force to investigate the unsolved cases of missing or murdered Native Americans and Native Alaskans. #MMNANA
Trump said “The statistics are sobering and heartbreaking … more than 5,000 Native American women and girls were reported missing in a single year. While the majority return home or are found, too many are still missing … and they usually don’t find them.”
He was in the White House surrounded by leaders of four American Indigenous nations. The President noted that Operation Lady Justice is something that previous administrations should have approved years ago. The task force would include more than $1 million for special investigators in 11 separate U.S. Attorneys offices to look into the backlog of cases.
The Native American representatives who watched Trump sign the executive order say they feel as if their prayers are being answered.
In 2015, the former Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper refused the creation of a commission of inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. He said this “was not on his radar.” It took the election of Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister in 2015 to see the creation of a special Commission of Inquiry into MMIWG. The inquiry presented its final report with Calls for Justice on June 4.