US commits more lawyers to address Native American disappearances and killings

 By Susan Montoya Bryan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)- The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced it will be funneling more resources toward addressing the alarming rate of disappearances and killings among Native Americans. As part of a new outreach program, the agency will dispatch five attorneys and five coordinators to several regions around the country to help with investigations of unsolved cases and related crimes. Their reach will span from New Mexico and Arizona to Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Michigan and Minnesota. Attorney General Merrick Garland acknowledged that the crisis has shattered the lives of victims, their families and entire tribal communities. “The Justice Department will continue to accelerate our efforts, in partnership with tribes, to keep their communities safe and pursue justice for American…

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