Safe Communities

Public safety is a right for every individual and a constitutional requirement for our state government to provide to the citizens of Alaska. However, this is not the case for our rural communities and especially Indigenous women in rural and urban Alaska. Only one in three villages have a public safety officer, and many times when a crime is committed it can take many hours to days for a state trooper to respond.

Numerous commissioned reports, public hearings, and news coverage tell the story of the broken public safety system in Alaska. We are failing. Our women, children, Elders and all are hurting as a result of this. The lack of effective law enforcement and accessible judicial services in remote Alaska villages contributes significantly to increased crime, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, domestic violence, rates of suicide, poor educational achievement, and lack of economic development. The lack of rural justice systems, substance abuse epidemic and lack of behavioral health services has increased crime in urban centers. This is not equitable nor acceptable and should be dealt with holistically, and immediately. Local, state and federal governments fail to properly address this issue while our Native women and children suffer. Learn more about NPA’s work to increase Public Safety in Alaska. 

  • We demand proper public safety for rural Alaska through 1) the passage of legislation confirming the governmental authority of Alaska Native tribes over all persons within their communities without regard to land ownership; 2) enhanced access to funds to support the operation of tribal governments, tribal courts and tribal law enforcement personnel; 3) maximum cooperation and collaboration between Alaskan Tribes, the State of Alaska and the Federal Government in the administration of justice in Alaska Native villages.
  • We ask for adequate law enforcement officers in the villages and urban centers. The state and the federal government must work together to increase officer presence. Native officers should be recruited throughout Alaskan communities. 
  • We insist that tribal city, and borough elected leaders create high standards of public safety for all Alaskan communities. We seek to end the unspoken acceptance of sexual violence and sexual predators, and the substance abuse that follows.
  • We support Criminal Justice reform by keeping low-level criminal defendants out of jail and referring them to treatment centers.
  • We ask for culturally appropriate re-entry services be developed and implemented to address recidivism rates for all convicted criminals, including felons.

Standing up for and demanding action to end the crisis of Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit Relatives 
There is a crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit relatives (MMIWG2S) in Alaska and across the nation. Indigenous people continue to watch our loved ones go missing or being murdered without recognition or action from our state leaders to stop this senseless violence.   

Native Peoples Action is dedicated to enhancing the wellness and protections of Alaska Native peoples and our ways of life. We need partners across the state from the Legislature to the Governor’s office to troopers and police, to non-profits, Tribes, and communities to come together and be the voice for those who are being silenced through these acts of violence.

MMIWG2S Working Group
The MMIWG2S Working Group was formed by six Indigenous led statewide non-profit organizations including Native Peoples Action & Native Peoples Action Community Fund, Native Movement, Data for Indigenous Justice, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and Alaska Native Justice Center to work in partnership to advocate for actions to protect our people and work towards solutions to end the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. To find out more and to keep up with our work via our MMIWG2S Alaska FB group

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: An Action Plan for Alaska Native Communities
Developed by the Alaska Native Women’s  Resource Center

Alaskan Indigenous communities are encouraged to use this Toolkit as a guide for developing a plan of action that will include awareness, prevention, and intervention strategies.  This toolkit can also be used as a guide for community organizing when someone goes missing. The suggestions in this Toolkit are not a checklist but rather a collection of ideas, tasks and suggestions of what can be done within a community to support a family facing crisis — and ways to respond in an organized manner when one of our mothers, aunties, sisters or children have gone missing or is found murdered. This Toolkit will be continuously updated and will evolve as new resources are found and strategies are developed.
 

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MMIWG2S Alaska on Facebook. NPA co-manages this page alongside Native Movement. Organizations involved in this coalition include NPA, Native Movement, the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center and the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

Self care, healing and wellness in the work. 
We realize the importance of this work to promote justice, healing and safe communities. Our working group also encourages wellness and self care in all ways that individuals, organizations and our communities show up in this work. To take care of others, we need to have self care as well. So remember to be gentle with yourself and take care of your mind, body and spirit as we do this heart work.

ADVOCATING FOR OUR RELATIVES:

– 2021 Letter to Alaska Legislators regarding the need for MMIWG2S+ and other Public Safety Reforms
2021 Letter to Alaska Governor Dunleavy 
2020 Letter to Alaska Governor Dunleavy urging support to include funding in the state operating budget to investigate MMIWG2S and to continue this funding as long as it is needed.
2019 NPA letter to Gov. Dunleavy to support MMIWG funding
– NPA letter to Gov Dunleavy regarding FOIA Requests
Joint Letter to Gov. Dunleavy requesting support for MMIWG in the State Operating Budget 

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