By Harrison Mantas
Cronkite News 

Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women


Last updated 4/8/2020 at 1:49pm

Joyce N. Boghosian/White House

President Donald Trump signs an executive order creating a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women while backed by tribal officials including Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer and Dottie Lizer, over the president's left shoulder.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-President Donald Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel of federal officials Tuesday to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.

Trump told tribal leaders gathered at the White House for the signing that the "Operation Lady Justice" task force is long overdue, calling statistics related to missing and murdered indigenous women "sobering and heartbreaking."

The executive order signed Tuesday creates a task force of officials from the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the departments of Interior, Justice, and Healt...

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