The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is currently looking for federal and non-federal representatives to serve on the Not Invisible Act Commission to address the crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked indigenous people in the United States.

The deadline for the non-federal employee nominations is on Monday, September 20, 2021.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is soliciting nominations for non-Federal membership. A request for non-federal membership nominations have been published through the Federal Register Notice and Dear Tribal Leaders Letter (DTTL) links that outline member duties and qualifications. Please refer to the specific requirements for non-federal membership nominations in the documents below:

Federal membership requirements are outlined under Section 4 of the Not Invisible Act of 2019, and will be appointed similarly as the non-federal membership.

How to Submit Commission Membership Nominations

Send written comments and submissions to the Department by:

  • Mail, hand-carry or use an overnight courier service to:
    Attn. Jason O’Neal, Director
    Office of Justice Services
    U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
    1849 C Street, NW, MS-3662-MIB
    Washington, DC 20240.
  • Additional Questions and inquiries: email; and add the following language in the subject line: “Inquiry re NIAC fr [add org/tribe/name here]

How Will Commissioners Be Appointed?

Both federal and non-federal membership will be appointed by Secretary Haaland and the Attorney General. Non-federal appointments will be selected from a pool of nominees (see more below). Membership will need to be formally vetted though the Office of Secretary White House Liaison. Once confirmed for appointment, each member will serve for the duration of the Commission.

How will the Department Conduct Tribal Consultation?

The Secretary plans to consult with Tribal governments to solicit information on the Commission’s focus and final work product. Consultation will increase transparency of its work, solicit information from tribal stakeholders, and provide additional direction as it addresses the issues identified in the Not Invisible Act. Specific tribal consultation timelines are provided in the documents below.

Additional Information

Contact Us

Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
1849 C Street, N.W. MS-4660-MIB
Washington, DC 20240
Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.