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.