The task force will be dedicated to solving cold cases of American Indians and Alaskan Natives who have gone missing or were murdered.
Speaking to reporters at the event, Trump expressed her particular concern about violence against Native American women.
"Indian Country enriches the fabric of our great nation on every level ... yet a dark pattern is plaguing tribal communities across the country," she said.
"They do not just represent a problem — they're proof of an epidemic”.
Sounds promising, right?
Unfortunately, the communities Ivanka is promising to help are not as convinced.
State representative Mary Kunesh-Podein, a member of the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party who is descended from the Standing Rock Lakota tribe, called her visit “disingenuous”, adding that it “smacks of manipulated political showcasing”.
Trump was also met by a protest from over 50 people, including Native Americans who said they would not be used as “political pawn[s]”.
A group of roughly 50+ people have assembled outside the new Missing and Murdered Native American Cold Case Office… https://t.co/ZNDA28KVbe
Other critics pointed out that Ivanka’s father has historically not shown much concern for indigenous communities, given his support for environmentally damaging projects like the Keystone pipeline whuch would devastate sacred lands, derogatorily calling Elizabeth Warren “Pochahontas” and not acting sufficiently regarding racially-charged police violence in the state.
In a statement, Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Penny Flanagan said that Donald Trump had “made a career demonstrating and celebrating behavior that perpetuates violence against Native women and girls”.
Mary Kunesh-Podein also revealed that people working on the existing Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives weren’t informed of Ivanka’s visit prior to her arriving.
Last night my phone started to blow up with the news: @IvankaTrump is coming to MN open the first Missing and Murd… https://t.co/qxApxMpCVL