Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski celebrated an executive order signed by President Trump on Tuesday that directs more attention and funding to the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in Alaska and across the country. 

Trump’s executive order creates a task force on the missing and murdered indigenous woman epidemic. The task force will be overseen by Attorney General William Barr and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. It is tasked with developing protocols to apply to new and unsolved cases and creating a multi-jurisdictional team to review cold cases.

In a statement released Tuesday, Murkowski noted the collaborative effort to address the crisis.

“From legislative efforts such as my bills Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act to securing significant funding through my role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ve been working hard to elevate the epidemic of missing, trafficked, and murdered Indigenous women and girls on a national level. Between this executive order, the initiatives coming out of the Department of Justice, and my long-standing efforts—turning the tide of this crisis has truly become an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach,” Murkowski said. “I applaud the President for this action, building on Attorney General Barr’s recent announcement, which is a signal of the urgency and importance that has been placed on this issue. Alongside the notable efforts of the administration, I will continue to push enduring policy to bring prevention, awareness, and justice to the many women and girls that have fallen victim to this heartbreaking reality.”

The president’s order follows just days after the attorney general issued an order to come up with a national plan to address the issue.

Contact staff writer Erin McGroarty at 459-7544. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics. The Associated Press contributed to this report.