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Former St. Paul police officer to head new office for missing or murdered Indigenous Minnesotans

Juliet Rudie is a member of Lower Sioux Indian Community.

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Activists make their way down 15th Street in Bemidji toward Bemidji State University in February 2019 during the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's march. Juliet Rudie, a former St. Paul police officer and Ramsey County chief sheriff’s deputy, has been named the director of Minnesota newly formed Office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. Rudie is a tribal member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community.
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ST. PAUL -- A former St. Paul police officer and Ramsey County chief sheriff’s deputy has been named the director of the state’s newly formed Office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives.

Juliet Rudie, who also is a tribal member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community and a lifelong Minnesota resident, will lead the first office of its kind in the nation. She starts Feb. 28.

“Rudie will lead the work of this new office to promote the empowerment of Native American women and pursue safeguards for Native American women, relatives, and children,” said state Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.

The office will be housed in the DPS Office of Justice Programs.

Rudie began her 28-year public safety career as a patrol officer with the St. Paul Police Department in 1990. She later served as a sergeant assigned to various divisions, including juvenile investigations and missing persons. She also served as the director of training.

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She joined the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office in 2011, serving as an inspector/undersheriff of the administration division and chief deputy.

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2019.

The group collected data and stories from across the state to study the impact of violence against Indigenous women. The study culminated in a 2021 report that found that during the last decade, Native Americans — who make up 1 percent of Minnesota’s population — accounted for about 9 percent of all murdered girls and women in the state.

Legislation to establish the MMIR office was signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz in 2021. The office will also help develop and implement future legislation and social justice policies.

“Ms. Juliet Rudie brings a wealth of experience to this role and this office to help coordinate the efforts of tribal nations, law enforcement, federal and state agencies, and communities, so we can ultimately end this crisis,” Walz said.

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