Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says he’s going to deal with problems inside the state’s indigenous communities now because he doesn’t want to wait for lawmakers to do something.
Kaul named the members of the state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Thursday -- with one person from each tribal nation. Kaul says the problems suffered in those communities have been largely ignored by the Wisconsin Legislature. He is stressing the need for a statewide database to track cases – like the one where 22-year-old Katelyn Kelley of Menominee went missing. Right now, there are major discrepancies in the data available. The National Crime Information Center reported nearly six thousand indigenous girls and women were missing four years ago. At the same time, the federal government’s list included just 116 names.