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Free missing persons database training coming to Montana Reservations

Training sessions run between Nov. 6-8
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Posted at 3:48 PM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 16:14:58-05

BILLINGS — Four training sessions to help the Native American communities in Montana learn to use a national missing persons database are being offered in the first week of November at four Reservations across the state.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) has been in operation since 2007, according to its website.

The National Institute of Justice ran program operates a free, nationwide online database of unidentified and missing persons.

NamUs also offers free forensic lab work like DNA analysis.

According to a release from the Montana District Attorney, "All NamUs services are provided at no cost to law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, allied forensic professionals and family members of missing persons."

At the training session, a NamUs representative will teach people about the system and train people on how to enter and keep track of information about a missing loved one.

Date/Locations:

  • Nov. 6: Blackfeet Community College, Browning, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., with lunch
  • Nov. 7: Rocky Boy’s Stone Child College Vo-Tech Center, Box Elder, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., food provided
  • Nov. 7: Fort Belknap Agency Community Building, Harlem, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 8: Fort Peck Tribal Complex, Phase 3, Poplar, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.