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MMIP Legislative Action

Title: Indigenous Persons Alert and Reporting Act

Section 1: Purpose and Intent


(a)The purpose of this Act is to expand the comprehensive and immediate alert system, named the "Feather Alert System," to rapidly disseminate information about missing indigenous persons in Oregon, while also requiring the inclusion of indigenous persons in statewide reporting by relevant authorities.

(b)This Act covers prior cases and cold cases in perpetuity.


Section 2: Feather Alert System


(a) The Oregon law enforcement agencies shall establish and maintain the "Feather Alert System" as a component of the state's existing alert systems.

(b) The Feather Alert System shall provide immediate alerts to the public through various communication channels, including but not limited to, mobile devices, social media, and electronic billboards, regarding missing indigenous persons.

(c) Law enforcement agencies shall collaborate to gather accurate and timely information for the Feather Alert System to ensure effective and immediate alerts.


Section 3: Reporting Requirements


(a) Law enforcement personnel from State, County, and City agencies following the lead of Tribal Authorities, shall be required to include missing indigenous persons in their statewide reporting of missing persons statistics.

(b) Data shall be disaggregated by indigenous status to North, Central, and South America not limited to immigration status (i.e.. Asylum seekers, refugees, and migrant status) to ensure accurate representation and reporting.


Section 4: Coordination and Training


(a) The Oregon law enforcement agencies shall collaborate with tribal governments and organizations to establish guidelines and protocols for the effective implementation of the Feather Alert System, including immediate federal reporting.

(b) Law enforcement agencies shall receive cultural sensitivity training led by indigenous nations to ensure respectful and appropriate handling of cases involving missing indigenous persons.


Section 5: Public Awareness and Education


(a) The Oregon law enforcement agencies shall engage in public awareness campaigns to educate the public about the Feather Alert System and the importance of promptly reporting missing indigenous persons.

(b) These campaigns shall be culturally sensitive and developed following tribal leadership guidance.


Section 6: Support Services


(a)   State and tribal agencies shall work collaboratively to establish and maintain support services for families of missing indigenous persons, including counseling, legal assistance, and victim advocacy.

Section 7: Effective Date


(a)This Act shall take effect 30 days after being signed into law.

(b)60 to 90 days from being signed into law to implement a task force to work on past and cold case information. This bill is retroactive indefinitely.

(b) Should Federal legislation be signed into law, all cases will be transferred to federal law enforcement, and federal law enforcement will take precedence following State and Federal Tribal law enforcement lead.


Section 12: Sunset Clause


This Act shall remain effective indefinitely unless repealed or amended by the appropriate legislative body.


Title: "MMIP Investigation Act."


Section 2: Definitions

For the purposes of this Act:

- "MMIP" refers to Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.

- "Indigenous community" refers to any recognized indigenous tribe, nation, or group within the jurisdiction of the state and federal levels.

- "State authorities" refers to law enforcement agencies, judicial entities, and any other relevant government bodies responsible for investigating cases of missing and murdered individuals.


Section 3: MMIP national crisis recognition*


(a) Members from indigenous communities go missing every 30 seconds. MMIP will be recognized as a national crisis.

(b) Data shall be disaggregated by indigenous status to North, Central, and South America not limited to immigration status (i.e.. Asylum seekers, refugees, and migrant status) to ensure accurate representation, investigation, and reporting.


Section 4: Duty to Investigate


(a) State authorities shall be mandated to conduct thorough, diligent, and compassionate investigations for all MMIP cases immediately, ensuring justice and closure.

(b) Investigations shall encompass comprehensive evidence collection, witness interviews, and robust pursuit of leads, aimed at resolving cases and addressing the concerns of victims' families.

(c) State authorities shall utilize search parties, volunteer check points, canvasing through community outreach and involvement. Can be an option for those serving community service to complete their court sentence.


Section 5: Reporting and Transparency


(a) Accurate records of all MMIP cases, including investigation status, actions taken, and outcomes, shall be reported and maintained at both state and federal levels.

(b) Regular progress reports on MMIP cases, efforts to address them, and challenges encountered shall be submitted to the appropriate legislative bodies and indigenous communities.

(c) Submitted reports will be made public immediately to increase public awareness and education.


Section 6: Accountability Measures


(a) An independent oversight body, composed of representatives from indigenous communities, law enforcement, legal experts, and human rights organizations, shall be immediately established to monitor and evaluate state authorities' handling of MMIP cases.

(b) The oversight body shall periodically review MMIP cases, assessing the quality and effectiveness of investigations. Recommendations for corrective actions shall be provided if deficiencies are identified.

(c) State authorities shall implement oversight body recommendations immediately, with non-compliance subject to public disclosure and potential legal consequences.


Section 7: Funding


(a) Funding for addressing MMIP cases shall be drawn equally from the State Authorities budgets for equitable allocation of resources to indigenous communities for prevention and addressing the MMIP crisis.

(b) State and federal authorities shall collaborate with indigenous communities to ensure the effective utilization of resources, aligning with community priorities and needs.

(c) State Authorities can submit a request for additional funding to the Department of Defense Budget of the United States to help cover MMIP as a national emergency.


Section 8: Legal Consequences


(a) Individuals within state authorities responsible for neglecting or mishandling MMIP cases shall face disciplinary actions, including suspension, termination, or legal repercussions as per relevant laws.


Section 9: Public Awareness


(a) Collaborative efforts between state authorities and indigenous communities shall promote public awareness of MMIP issues and encourage timely reporting.


Section 10: Severability

(a)   If any provision of this Act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the Act or the application of the provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.


Section 11: Effective Date


This Act shall take effect 7 days after its passage and approval.



Section 12: Sunset Clause


This Act shall remain effective indefinitely unless repealed or amended by the appropriate legislative body.

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