NCIA Executive Director Judi gaiashkibos and NCIA board member Kirby Williams participated on a panel hosted by UNL College of Law and moderated by Anna Shavers, the Interim Dean of the Law School. The November 7th event included experts from various fields including legal and law enforcement and discussed a variety of issues related to how the legal system can address violence against Native women as well as issues related to missing Native women and children. Colonel John Bolduc represented the Nebraska State Patrol, who along with the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs have been tasked by Nebraska LB 154 to conduct a thorough study of the issue of missing Native women and children in Nebraska. Tara Richards from the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is leading a grant funded effort in partnership with NCIA to also study this issue. NCIA also received a JAG grant through the Nebraska Crime Commission to hire second year law school student Elizabeth Weidner (not pictured) to help serve as a coordinator for their research in this area.
Pictured from left to right: Colonel John A Bolduc of the Nebraska State Patrol; NCIA Executive Director Judi M. gaiahshkibos; Tara N. Richards PhD, UNO School of Criminology; Kirby Williams, Legal Aid of Nebraska Domestic Violence Outreach Coordinator; and Moderator Anna Shavers, Acting Dean of UNL Law School.