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Representatives of the Coalition of Large Tribes are seen in Washington, D.C., Photo courtesy COLT
Coalition of Large Tribes hosts MMIP training session
Monday, October 16, 2023

The Coalition of Large Tribes (COLT) is hosting a training session to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people (MMIP.

The session will take place October 23-25 in Billings, Montana. The organization said tribal representatives from seven states are set to attend.

“As of now and throughout history Tribal Law Enforcement has been short funded,” COLT said in a news release on Monday, citing inadequate funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

“So we know that to do more with less, we need to provide advance training for Tribal Law Enforcement to deter these atrocities happening to our people,” the organization said.

According to COLT, the Missing and Murdered Unit (MMU) at the BIA will be among those providing training at the session next week. The MMU was established to investigate cases of missing and murdered people on tribal lands.

Experts from the Vidocq Society, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the United States Indian Police Academy are also slated to provide training, COLT said in the news release.

COLT represents more than a dozen tribes with large land bases, meaning those with holdings exceeding 100,000 acres. Of the approximately 40 cases currently listed on the MMU site, 25 people come from states where the organization’s members are based.