Native News Weekly (March 31, 2024): DC Briefs

By | March 31, 2024

WASHINGTON – In addition to the articles already covered by Native News Online, here’s a look at other news from Washington, D.C. recently impacting Indian Country.

FCC seeks comment on adding missing and endangered persons

On March 15, 2024, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), FCC 24-30, seeking comment on its proposal for a new Emergency Alert System (EAS) Event Code for Missing and Endangered Persons ( MEP).

The EAS is a national public alert system through which TV and radio broadcasters, cable systems and other service providers provide alerts to the public to warn them of impending emergencies and dangers to life and property. The proposed new MEP event code will allow for the sending of “ASHANTI alerts” related to missing or kidnapped persons from states, territories, or tribal communities that fall outside the U.S. Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert reporting criteria to the audience. the EAS.

Although a widespread problem, the issue of missing and endangered persons is particularly prevalent in tribal communities, where American Indians and Alaska Natives face a disproportionate risk of violence, murder or disappearance. In November 2023, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution calling on the FCC to adopt an MEP event code. The FCC proposes to adopt the new MEP Event Code to facilitate the rapid and coordinated delivery of missing and endangered persons alert notifications to the public in a uniform and consistent manner and is seeking public comment on this proposal.

Comments and response comments to the NPRM must be submitted 30 and 60 days, respectively, after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register.

If you wish to submit comments, you may submit them using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), under procedure PS Docket Nos. 15-91 and 15- 94, or email

GSA will receive $9 million to design a new National Archives facility in the Puget Sound

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will receive $9 million to design a new, federal facility where NARA can continue to house archival records of critical and historical importance to local and state agencies, tribal nations, higher education institutions, researchers and scholars . , and students.

The generations of history and artifacts stored at the Seattle Archives facility are critical to telling the story of the Pacific Northwest, especially for tribes in our region. That is why I have fought to ensure that these documents remain accessible to people here in the region. Washington state,” said Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).

The National Archives’ current facility in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood holds more than 58,000 cubic feet of archival records available for public use. The facility was built in 1946 and is nearing the end of its suitability for archival use due to its age.

Seventh Annual Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Service in Community Policing

The Department of Justice has launched the seventh annual Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Service in Community Policing. This award recognizes individual state, local or tribal sworn police officers, deputies and troopers for exceptional efforts in community policing innovations, criminal investigations and field operations that have proven effective in enforcing our laws.

The department is soliciting nominations for the seventh annual Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Service in Community Policing. The nomination period is now open and closes at 8:00 PM (ET) on Monday, May 6, 2024. Detailed information about the nomination process for this award is now available at

Nominations may be submitted by the potential recipient’s supervisors, professional colleagues or members of their local community. Nominations may contain references and URL links to news sources and promotional or other materials that describe or substantiate the activity, program or initiative for which the nominee(s) is being nominated. Please note: Nominees (base officers, deputies and troopers) must be in a non-supervisory position at the time the nominated event, activities and/or programs occurred to be eligible for this award.

Nominations must be submitted via the web-based application form in the following format. Nominations are limited to 5 officers/alternates per nomination. The online application will direct nominating individuals to complete the following fields:

1. Name and rank of the nominee(s) (must be regular officers, deputies, or troopers in a non-supervisory position), the name of the lead agency, and the size of the population served by the agency

2. Name and affiliation of the nominating person

3. Nomination category for the action(s), programme(s) or initiative(s) for which the nominee(s) is/are nominated (Criminal Investigations, Field Operations or Innovations in Police)

4. A detailed description of the nominee’s specific action(s), programme(s) or initiative(s) for which he/she is being nominated

5. Agency contact details

To nominate someone for this award, visit Nominations must be submitted by 8:00 PM (ET) on Monday, May 6, 2024. In the event that agencies or other nominating parties do not have access to the online application, nomination letters may be sent via email. The nomination letter must not exceed two pages in length and must include the fields listed in the nomination form. Nominations submitted by letter should be sent by email to by 8:00 PM (ET) on Monday, May 6, 2024.

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