PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have completed a successful week of finalizing a Tribal Community Response Plan with a number of partner agencies. The plan contains protocols for responding to missing persons cases arising from the Flathead Indian Reservation. CSKT was selected as the first tribal partner in Montana to pilot this program, largely because of previous Missing and Murdered Indigenous People efforts that drew national attention.

The response plan creates guidelines for law enforcement’s initial response to cases, communication with media, the public and family of missing loved ones, and guidelines on providing victim services and community outreach. Once completed, the plan will be used as a blueprint for guidelines for other tribes as they develop their own community-specific efforts.

CSKT’s Chairwoman, Shelly R. Fyant, wanted to thank all partner agencies across three counties in joining this effort.

These groups include: The U.S. Department of Justice, Lake County Sheriffs Office, US. Marshals Service, Flathead Tribal Police, Ronan Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Missoula Police Department, Polson Police Department, Sanders County Sheriffs Office, FBI special agents and Montana’s Department of Justice Crime Victim Information Bureau.

“I thank you all for your dedication, professionalism and commitment to ensuring our community is better served. Your efforts are greatly appreciated,” said CSKT’s Chairwoman Shelly R. Fyant.

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