Establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

 
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Vol. 84
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December 2, 2019
Part II
The President
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Executive Order 13898--Establishing the Task Force on Missing and
Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives
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Federal Register / Vol. 84 , No. 231 / Monday, December 2, 2019 /
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The President
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                Executive Order 13898 of November 26, 2019

Establishing the Task Force on Missing and
                Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives
                By the authority vested in me as President by the
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of
                America, and in order to enhance the operation of the
                criminal justice system and address the legitimate
                concerns of American Indian and Alaska Native
                communities regarding missing and murdered people--
                particularly missing and murdered indigenous women and
                girls--it is hereby ordered as follows:
                Section 1. Purpose. My Administration has heard the
                ongoing and serious concerns of tribal governments
                regarding missing and murdered members of American
                Indian and Alaska Native communities, particularly
                women and girls. To address the severity of those
                concerns, top officials within the Federal Government
                will coordinate and engage with the tribal governments.
                Sec. 2. Establishment. (a) There is hereby established
                the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians
                and Alaska Natives (Task Force), co-chaired by the
                Attorney General and the Secretary of the Interior
                (Secretary) or their designees.
                    (b) The Department of Justice shall provide funding
                and administrative support as may be necessary for the
                performance and functions of the Task Force. The
                Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary,
                shall designate an official of the Department of
                Justice to serve as the Executive Director of the Task
                Force, responsible for coordinating its day-to-day
                functions. As necessary and appropriate, the Co-Chairs
                may afford the other members of the Task Force an
                opportunity to provide input into the decision of whom
                to designate as the Executive Director.
                Sec. 3. Membership. (a) In addition to the Co-Chairs,
                the Task Force shall be composed wholly of full-time,
                or permanent part-time, officers or employees of the
                Federal Government and shall include the following
                members:
(i) the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
(ii) the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Department of the
Interior;
(iii) the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of
Justice;
(iv) the Director of the Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian
Affairs, Department of the Interior;
(v) the Chair of the Native American Issues Subcommittee of the Attorney
General's Advisory Committee;
(vi) the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans,
Department of Health and Human Services; and
(vii) such representatives of other executive departments, agencies, and
offices as the Co-Chairs may, from time to time, designate.
                    (b) In performing the functions set forth in
                sections 4 and 5 of this order, the Co-Chairs and
                members may designate representatives of their
                respective departments, agencies, offices, or entities
                under their direction to participate in the Task Force
                as necessary, and the Co-Chairs may also direct
                coordination with other Presidential task forces. In
                carrying out its functions, the Task Force shall
                coordinate with appropriate White House officials,
                including the Senior Counselor to the President, the
                Assistant
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                to the President for Domestic Policy, and the Deputy
                Assistant to the President and Director of
                Intergovernmental Affairs.
                Sec. 4. Mission and Functions. (a) The Task Force
                shall:
(i) conduct appropriate consultations with tribal governments on the scope
and nature of the issues regarding missing and murdered American Indians
and Alaska Natives;
(ii) develop model protocols and procedures to apply to new and unsolved
cases of missing or murdered persons in American Indian and Alaska Native
communities, including best practices for:
  (A) improving the way law enforcement investigators and prosecutors
respond to the high volume of such cases, and to the investigative
challenges that might be presented in cases involving female victims;
  (B) collecting and sharing data among various jurisdictions and law
enforcement agencies; and
  (C) better use of existing criminal databases, such as the National
Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), the National Crime
Information Center (NCIC), and the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
including the National DNA Index System (NDIS);
(iii) establish a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional team including
representatives from tribal law enforcement and the Departments of Justice
and the Interior to review cold cases involving missing and murdered
American Indians and Alaska Natives;
(iv) address the need for greater clarity concerning roles, authorities,
and jurisdiction throughout the lifecycle of cases involving missing and
murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives by:
  (A) developing and publishing best-practices guidance for use by Federal,
State, local, and tribal law enforcement in cases involving missing and
murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, to include best practices
related to communication with affected families from initiation of an
investigation through case resolution or closure;
  (B) facilitating formal agreements or arrangements among Federal, State,
local, and tribal law enforcement to promote maximally cooperative, trauma-
informed responses to cases involving missing and murdered American Indians
and Alaska Natives;
  (C) developing and executing an education and outreach campaign for
communities that are most affected by crime against American Indians and
Alaska Natives to identify and reduce such crime; and
  (D) developing, in partnership with NamUs, a public-awareness campaign to
educate both rural and urban communities about the needs of affected
families and resources that are both needed and available.
                Sec. 5. Reporting. (a) No later than 1 year after the
                date of this order, the Task Force shall develop and
                submit to the President, through the Assistant to the
                President for Domestic Policy, a written report
                regarding the activities and accomplishments of the
                Task Force, the status of projects the Task Force has
                not yet completed, and specific recommendations for
                future action of the Task Force.
                    (b) No later than 2 years after the date of this
                order, the Task Force shall develop and submit to the
                President, through the Assistant to the President for
                Domestic Policy, a final written report regarding the
                activities and accomplishments of the Task Force.
                Sec. 6. Termination. The Task Force shall terminate 2
                years after the date of this order, unless otherwise
                directed by the President.
                Sec. 7. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order
                shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or
the head thereof; or
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(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
                    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with
                applicable law and subject to the availability of
                appropriations.
                    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not,
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural,
                enforceable at law or in equity by any party against
                the United States, its departments, agencies, or
                entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any
                other person.


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                THE WHITE HOUSE,
                    November 26, 2019.
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