Nebraska Report On Missing Native American Cases Completed

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska State Patrol has completed a study required under a law passed last year on the issue of missing Native American women and children in the state.

A team from the State Patrol, UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Legal Aid of Nebraska, and the state Commission on Indian Affairs spent over a year on the study.

The team analyzed information from multiple missing persons reporting systems and held listening sessions in tribal areas to gauge the scope of the issue and develop recommendations to address concerns raised.

NSP Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc says the most common points raised during the listening sessions illustrated a need to revitalize connections between tribal residents and law enforcement, work that can have a substantial impact on multiple facets of public safety, including missing persons cases.

The team discovered that a disproportionate number of Nebraska’s reported missing persons were minority with Blacks at 3.9 times their population percentage and Native American at 3.1 times.

The research revealed that boys 17 and younger accounted for 73.3% of all Native American missing persons in Nebraska, significantly higher than the 59.6% for the age group as a whole in missing persons cases in the state.

The study also found that many law enforcement agencies do not have a policy for reporting missing persons to centralized databases, leading to a recommendation that the NSP work with the Crime Commission to develop a standard reporting procedure for all agencies to use.

Colonel Bolduc says the State Patrol has been able to develop new partnerships through the study process that are already working to benefit Nebraska’s Native American citizens.

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