South Dakota to establish liaison office for missing and murdered Indigenous people
PIERRE, S.D. — According to a release issued this week by Pine Ridge Rep. Peri Pourier, Gov. Noem will hold a re-enactment signing of HB1199 on Monday, March 29.
HB1199 will create a liaison position within the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office to coordinate various law enforcement jurisdictions statewide and provide a concise effort of behalf of those agencies to locate missing persons.
The creation of a liaison office will help bridge jurisdictional gaps that occur when investigating missing persons cases. The office, which will be funded by federal and foundational grants, will be a collaborative effort between state and tribal leaders. The current intent will be to expand and improve upon the state’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse.
“This is a step in the right direction for state and tribal leaders. This issue is a non-political issue that we should be able to work together towards addressing and solving,” said Oglala Sioux Tribe President Kevin Killer.
Tribal leaders of the Crow Creek, Oglala, Rosebud, and Yankton Sioux Tribes, RGB Consulting, Inc., Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Inc., South Dakota Democratic Party, South Dakota ACLU, South Dakota Voices for Justice, individual grassroots supporters, and the bill’s co-sponsors were all a part of the lobbying efforts.