Critic Says Public Missing Persons Database Comes Up Short For MMIP
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is hosting training sessions in Montana this week for indigenous communities about how to enter missing persons cases into a public database. Some people involved in the MMIP movement say that entries aren’t the problem. The database is.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday it won’t pursue federal charges in the death of a young girl whose body was found near Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation late last year. The Office determined it could not prove foul play.
Law enforcement officials say their collaborative effort to crack down on meth-fueled violent crime has resulted in a slight reduction in the number of murders, aggravated assaults and robberies in Yellowstone County.
Two crime victim advocates were honored by Montana’s top law enforcement officials. Michele Stewart and Erin Harris were recognized as outstanding advocates of the year for their work helping crime victims, including those on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations.
Violent crime in Montana is up almost 35% through 2016 from its low in 2010 according to the FBI. And that figure is much higher in Billings. Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine is behind that uptick.