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A Haskell Indian Nations University student is missing and people are asked to be vigilant and report any information about his whereabouts to Lawrence Police.

Cole Brings Plenty, 27, is a media student at Haskell and an actor. Cole (Mnicouju Lakota) was last seen and heard from early Sunday morning, according to family. His vehicle was seen leaving Lawrence southbound on US Highway 59. It is a white 2005 Ford Explorer that has chipped paint and a Kansas license plate, 368PXB.

Police are looking for him as a suspect in an alleged domestic violence incident, according to a Tuesday news release.

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Cole’s father, Joseph Brings Plenty Sr., aware information on Facebook and asked people to be attentive. Her family members, who live in South Dakota, are not local to participate in search efforts at this time. She said Cole isn’t answering her phone.

Cole missed an appointment with his agent for a television show, which is uncharacteristic of him, according to a missing person pamphlet.

“If anyone knows where my son Cole Brings Plenty is, please tell him to call me,” Joseph wrote in his post. “His family is very worried about him.”

Cole is a Native American male, standing around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and long black hair.

Cole’s family said they filed a missing person report with the Lawrence Police Department.

Police are looking for him in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred early Sunday morning at an apartment in Lawrence.

“We identified him as a suspect, have probable cause for his arrest and issued an alert to area agencies,” according to the statement.

“Officers responded to reports of a woman screaming for help, but the suspect fled before officers arrived,” according to the news release. Police said no further details about the incident would be released.

Contact the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 785-296-4017 with information on Cole’s whereabouts. People can make anonymous tips to Lawrence and Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 785-843-8477, according to the release.

He Kansas City Indian Center is working with Haskell to exploit the information. In an interview Tuesday morning before the police news release, Executive Director Gaylene Crouser (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) said the center has experience helping with missing indigenous persons cases and can act as a liaison for families of out of town trying to locate loved ones in and around Kansas City. She said she has been in telephone communication with Cole’s father since Monday night.

Crouser emphasized the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) movement, also specified as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2ST). The movements aim to draw attention to the disproportionate rates of disappearance or murder of Indigenous people, as well as the lack of police resources, publicity and other support compared to their white counterparts.

“The statistics are heartbreaking and unreal,” Crouser said. “And unfortunately, a lot of times our people just get left behind and they don’t get the media attention, they don’t get the same attention. And that’s one of the reasons we want to make sure we expand the MMIP in general and any specific cases we find when we hear about them.”

The center will post updates on its Facebook page, Heart of America Indian Center d/b/a Kansas City Indian Centerand Instagram page, @kcindiancenter.

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