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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Senate Indian Affairs Committee APPROVES SAVANNA'S ACT #MMIW Gains Support
Savanna LaFonataine-Greywind Murdered at 22
A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill aimed at addressing the high number of missing and murdered Native American women.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved Savanna's Act on Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.
The measure would expand tribal access to federal crime databases and establish protocols for handling cases of missing and murdered Native Americans.
It also would require annual reports on the number of missing and murdered Native American women amid concerns that inadequate data collection has stifled efforts to measure the full scope of the problem.
The bill is named for 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was slain in 2017 while eight months pregnant.
Its sponsor Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, lost her bid for re-election last week.
A study released by a Native American nonprofit says numerous police departments in cities nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women.