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Melissa Schlichting

Melissa Schlichting is the Presiding Officer of the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University and her JD from the University of Montana School of Law. She began her legal career representing the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribes in Montana. In 2001, she moved to California and worked with several Tribal Nations and Tribal Health organizations in California. In 2009, Melissa moved to Washington, D.C. where she served as a Senior Attorney for the National Indian Gaming Commission. Melissa moved back to Montana in 2013 and started at the Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Attorney General, and was appointed Deputy Attorney General in 2017, and Legal Services Division Administrator in May of 2019. Melissa also serves as the Tribal Affairs Liaison and Land Board staffer for Attorney General Tim Fox.

Chamberlain PicTina Chamberlain is the Looping in Native Communities (LINC) Coordinator for the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force. Tina works for the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) within the Division of Criminal Investigation, Special Services Bureau. In her role with DOJ, she coordinates Task Force efforts to identify barriers to reporting missing Native Americans, jurisdictional issues, advocacy for families, and identify strategies to reduce the number of missing in Montana. She conducts community listening sessions in tribal communities and urban Indian areas, working with families, law enforcement and tribal leaders, and presents to the State-Tribal Relations Interim Committee on behalf of the Task Force.

Tina was previously the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) administrator for the state of Montana with the Montana Board of Crime Control. She is an experienced grant writer and has secured $3 million in federal grants to implement the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative in Montana.

Brian FrostBrian Frost has worked for the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) for over ten years. He began his career in the Communications Center at the Montana Highway Patrol.  He often took calls from worried family members with overdue travelers, and assisted families with referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies when they called about missing persons.

Beginning in January 2017, Brian worked at DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) as a Training Officer for Montana’s Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN).  He is an expert on CJIN, the FBI NCIC Missing Person File, and the inner workings of the public Montana missing persons website. Brian became the Missing Persons Specialist in May 2020.

Brian is FEMA Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) certified and is experienced in using CodeRED to launch AMBER Alerts and Missing Endangered Person Advisories.  He has completed the FBI’s Child Abduction Response Team training and recently attended the Governor’s Cultural Competency training.  Brian was an instructor at two missing person training summits in 2019, has attended and presented at a Missing Indigenous Task Force meetings, attended some Missing Persons Community meetings, and testified on missing person issues before the 2019 State legislature.

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