MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ivanka Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt visited a Minneapolis suburb on Monday to open an office dedicated to investigating cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous peoples.
The office is part of an effort to address violence against Native Americans, particularly women and girls, which advocates said are often overlooked by law enforcement nationwide.
It’s the first of seven that will be opened across the country in the coming weeks, including in Phoenix, Nashville, Tennessee and Anchorage, Alaska.
“Since his earliest days in office, President Trump has fought for the forgotten men and women of this country,” Ivanka Trump said. “Today is another fulfillment of that promise as this new office will work to ensure that the challenges American Indians and Alaskan Natives face do not go unseen or unresolved.”
Minnesota Democrats and protesters criticized the new office as politically motivated and disingenuous.