06.19.19

Daines Launches Bills to Mitigate MMIW Crisis in Indian Country

Rolls out legislation at U.S. Senate Hearing, Highlights Importance of Solving Crisis

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today in a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing continued his fight to combat the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis occurring across Montana’s Tribal communities and the West. In conjunction with the hearing, Daines introduced two pieces of legislation, the Finding and Investigating Native Disappearance Act (FIND) and The Tribal Reporting and Accountability to Congress Act (TRAC).

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“I want to thank you all for coming before us today as we continue to work to put an end to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis,” Daines said. “[T]oday I introduced two bills to address these issues – both supported by Tribal communities in Montana…”

The FIND Act would have the U.S. Government Accountability Office study how to increase reporting from families in Indian Country and what effects substance abuse has on violent crimes.

To read the full bill, click HERE.

The TRAC Act would require the Tribal Liaison at the U.S. Attorney General’s office to provide a list of stats that cover the number of cases reported, investigated, resolved, number of cold cases, number of cases sent to be prosecuted and the number of cases that were denied.

To read the full bill, click HERE.

Statements of Support:

“We appreciate Senator Daines’ efforts to address the tragic MMIW problem we have suffered on our Reservation and exists in much of Indian Country. The FIND and TRAC Acts are part of a long overdue solution to help address an epidemic.” President Peña of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe

“We appreciate Senator Daines continued commitment to addressing the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women”- Chairman Ronald Trahan of the CSKT Tribal Council

Background:

Senator Daines has long been a leading voice in Congress on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis including securing the passage of his recent Senate resolution designating May 5, 2019 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Click HERE to learn more about Daines’ efforts.

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