The FBI has updated a list of Native Americans it has verified as missing in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. The FBI plans to update this list monthly.
The list, first released on July 25, has been updated to add 19 names and remove 10.
There are a total of 186 missing Indigenous persons now on the list, which can be found at fbi.gov/mmip.
The release of the list is the result of almost six months of work combining and validating different databases of missing Indigenous persons in New Mexico.
“We will meet the case of each missing and murdered indigenous person with urgency, transparency, and coordination,” said Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. “Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community, and the development and implementation of this list marks a promising step forward in the investigation and resolution of these cases.”
“It is important that we work together to find resolution for those who are missing and their families,” said Marcelino ToersBijns, unit chief of the Missing and Murdered Unit at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. “This single-source data set is an important improvement in information sharing that demonstrates how BIA and federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation are working together to address this horrible crisis.”
FBI validated the status of missing Indigenous persons as listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a computerized system of criminal justice information available to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, and other criminal justice agencies.
Many records of missing Indigenous persons were incomplete or outdated because the record was not updated once additional details were made available or once the person was located.
“This list exceeded our expectations,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division said. “Besides appearing to be accurate for the state of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, the list has galvanized local and tribal law enforcement agencies to update their files on missing Indigenous people. That’s good news for the families who are seeking answers. The public also has reached out to us and our partners to share information.”
For families whose relative is included in the names, the FBI is actively checking numerous law enforcement databases and other sources nationwide to identify leads that will quickly be passed along to the appropriate agency.
For families of an Indigenous family member who is missing but is not included in this list, the relatives are urged to contact their local or tribal law enforcement agency and ask them to submit a missing person report to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
For further assistance with their request, family members or local law enforcement can contact the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Anyone who knows the location of a person on this list is asked to contact law enforcement. Partners involved in the project include the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, New Mexico’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIWR) Task Force, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs, Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office, and the City of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion.
The FBI also received information and support from the Navajo Nation, Native American Pueblos and local law enforcement.