LOOPING IN NATIVE COMMUNITIES GRANT PROGRAM
Senate Bill 312 established the Looping in Native Communities (LINC) Grant Program to create a network in support of efforts by Montana tribes to identify, report, and find Native American persons who are missing. The grant program is administered by the Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force.
The grant program includes the ability for a competitive grant to be awarded to a tribal college to create and administer a central administration point for the Looping in Native Communities network. The grant from the Montana Department of Justice is a match of $25,000 to a single tribal college.
The grant was awarded to Blackfeet Community College in March 2020 to develop a website with a reporting portal as a safe avenue to begin the process to report a missing Indigenous loved one. The website will go live for the Blackfeet Nation in Autumn 2020.