GREAT FALLS — Four trainings in November at four Reservations across Montana are being offered to help the American Indian communities have access to use national missing persons databases.
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) has been in operation since 2009 and is a free web-based tool that is accessible to everyone, but is geared toward families of missing persons, law enforcement, medical examiners/coroners and
victim advocates to assist in solving cases of missing and unidentified persons cases in the United States.
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 as well as train people how to enter and keep track of information about a missing loved one.
- 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.
You can learn more about NamUs on their website https://www.nfstc.org/past-performance/namus/