New members join Montana MMIP Task Force

Top row, left to right: Amanda Myers, Brian Frost, Cheryl Horn, Tina Bierle (alternate), Danielle Matt, Sarah Wolftail, Lea Wetzel (alternate); Bottom row, left to right: Colleen Hill (alternate), Iris Kill Eagle, Haley Omeasoo, Attorney General Knudsen, Alan Doane, Alan Ostby.

Provided by the Montana Attorney General’s Office

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen on Wednesday announced new appointments to the state’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force. 

Established by the Legislature in 2019, the task force brings together tribal, state and federal leaders to identify causes and potential solutions to Montana’s missing Indigenous peoples crisis. The task force also compiles data and makes recommendations to the Legislature. 

Haley Omeasoo launched Ohkomi Forensics, an organization to provide forensic services to Indigenous families and communities, after experiencing the challenge of getting timely and scientifically useful evidence in rural areas.


The disproportionate number of missing or murdered Indigenous people is a nationwide crisis, and experts say Montana is an epicenter. While Native Americans comprise 6.7% of Montana’s population, as of Thursday, they accounted for

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