(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order addressing what he called a "tragedy" facing Native American and Alaskan communities -- missing and murdered women and children.
"It is a tremendous problem," Trump said. He noted that "recently," more than five thousand Native American women and girls were reported missing in a single year. "It has been going on for a long time many," Trump said, "and we are going to address it and address it very strongly."
Among the attendees at the signing ceremony were tribal leaders and law enforcement officers.
President Trump was eager to introduce one Native American in particular, because he admired his name:
"We have a man whose name I want to use," Trump said. "I maybe have to change my name because I love this name, Alvin A.J. Not Afraid, Chairman of the Crow Nation. I love this name. Where are you? Come here. Say a few words," Trump told Chief Not Afraid.
"Yes, sir," Chief Not Afraid responded. "First of all, President, we are honored that you recognize the native nations as well as the Crow nation. We have been proponents of the Trump administration and all of the endeavors and understanding that I personally am affected by, the missing and murdered indigenous women events that are circulating. So knowing that you support, in the realm of this executive order, the Crow tribe is honored. Thank you, Mr. President."
"Thank you for coming," Trump told Chief Not Afraid. "I appreciate it very much. Is that true, you are not afraid? Are you not afraid of anything?" the president asked. (He was impressed, he was not mocking the chief.)
"Yes, sir," Not Afraid replied. "I also have a gift," he told the president. "Our support--of the Trump administration," the chief told Trump.
"That is beautiful," Trump said. "That is very nice. Thank you. Thank you very much. Very nice."
Another tribal chief, Myron Lizer, vice president of the Navajo Nation, also thanked the president for signing the executive order.
"The Navajo Nation thanks you, and much more, First Nations thanks you. As the host people of the land, we feel that our prayers are being answered, and First Nations' prayers are powerful, so thank you, Mr. President. We look forward to seeing some improvement in Indian country."
The executive order signed by Trump directs top officials within the Federal Government to coordinate and engage with the tribal governments; establishes a Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives; and directs the Justice Department to provide funding and administrative support for the Task Force.
Among other things, the task force will "develop model protocols and procedures to apply to new and unsolved cases of missing or murdered persons in American Indian and Alaska Native communities."