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Senate panel focuses on missing, murdered indigenous women

Senate panel focuses on missing, murdered indigenous women

The Associated Press
June 19, 2019 01:01 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A key congressional committee plans a hearing on a slate of legislation aimed at addressing the deaths and disappearances of Native American women.

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The bills before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs would require law enforcement to submit annual reports to Congress to give lawmakers a better handle on the number of cases.

New standards also are proposed for law enforcement's response to missing persons reports, especially on tribal lands.

Numerous Native American families have expressed frustration in testimony and interviews in the past year over officers' handling of the reports.

Officials with the Justice and Interior departments, which provide resources for law enforcement on reservations, are expected to testify during Wednesday's hearing.

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