Summary of “How the Kidnapping and Murder of Ashlynn Mike Changed Our Country’s Amber Alert Protocols”

Amber Alerts are typically initiated by state police, not the FBI. The lack of clarity about who was supposed to set the alert in motion meant that-for several crucial hours-no such process was taking place.
The automated text message informed them that an Amber Alert had been issued for Ashlynne Mike.
Two weeks after Ashlynne’s death, the New Mexico State Police sent an email to the FBI, the tribal police, and every law enforcement agency in the state, reminding them of the proper process for issuing Amber Alerts: The responding agency confirms that the abduction meets the Amber Alert criteria and then contacts the state.
During the month after Ashlynne’s death, Amber Alert experts traveled to the Navajo Nation twice to offer training sessions.
In July, Amber Alert in Indian Country representatives returned to host a special session on leadership issues and the Amber Alert program.
While the children were last seen in Arizona and heading east, the Nation requested an Amber Alert for Utah instead; they only had direct access to the tech network that initiates the alert system for Utah.
Thanks in large part to urging by Foster and Jim Walters, last April John McCain introduced the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act to provide more federal funding-and more federal oversight-for tribes to develop their own Amber Alert plans and to more easily coordinate with state programs.
The bill would also mandate closer integration of state and tribal Amber Alert systems; for the Navajo Nation, the new law would mean that tribal police could activate an alert across the entire reservation.

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