Tribal leader appointed as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator for Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Educator and Tribal Judge E. Ingrid Cumberlidge has been appointed as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator for Alaska, U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced Tuesday.
“For far too long, Alaska Natives have experienced disproportionate rates of violence, which has lasting impacts on families and communities,” Schroder said in a written statement. “Ms. Cumberlidge’s expertise will further strengthen our public safety partnerships in rural Alaska, so that we can maximize efforts and develop solutions to address this crisis.”
The spotlight on missing and murdered indigenous people reached a national audience when Attorney General William Barr visited the state and then launched a national strategy to combat the high numbers missing and murdered Native Americans.
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, Cumberlidge has served her native community in Alaska through various capacities, most notably as a Tribal Judge and Cheif Judge. In these positions, Cumberlidge worked on child protection and protective order cases.
Cumberlidge also has a record as an educator in Alaska. She was a teacher and principal for the Aleutians East Borough School District, the statement said.
As Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator, Cumberlidge will be tasked with working with tribal and other levels of government to identify MMIP cases in the state. She will then help governments within the state and federal law enforcement with guidelines and protocols on how to respond to these cases.
“It is imperative we work together to make certain all persons responsible for engaging in this type of criminal activity in Alaska are brought to justice,” Special Agent heading Anchorage’s FBI, Robert Britt, said in a statement. “We welcome the appointment of Ms. Cumberlidge and look forward to continued collaboration on the important work of the MMIP initiative.”
The position will be within the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage.
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