The Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse announced the completion of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe’s pilot project to enhance the community’s response to missing and murdered indigenous persons Thursday. The Tribal Community Response Plan involved at least 10 different agencies working under one policy and is structured to help law enforcement and tribal officials respond at a moment’s notice when the first call comes in. The clearinghouse is aware of about 166 active cases of missing people in the state and at least 28% involve an Indigenous person.
At a recent Billings City Council meeting not everybody got what they wanted, but decisions were made about a major topic. Mayor Bill Cole explains the issue discussed.