Rep. Haaland raises awareness of missing, murdered Native women
May 15, 2019 10:49 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There's a new push to address the problem of Native American women and girls who have gone missing.
Rep. Deb Haaland introduced several bills, including the Not Invisible Act, to study the issue, gather data and create better reporting guidelines among tribal, state and federal law enforcement.
She said there is also big support among tribal leaders to pass Savanna’s Act. That bill is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant member of the Spirit Lake Tribe. She was murdered in August 2017.
"Over 70 Indian tribes have endorsed this bill, 70 across the country and that list will probably increase as time goes on," she said.
According to a 2016 report from the National Institute of Justice, four out of five Native women experienced some form of violence.
The leading cause of death for Native women between 10 and 24 is homicide.
Rep. Haaland says this is a crisis that's been happening for decades. She doesn't expect the problem to be solved overnight, but she hopes the bills start the process of understanding the issue more – and eventually leads to answers.
Updated: May 15, 2019 10:49 AM
Created: May 14, 2019 01:42 PM
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