05.05.21

Daines, Tester Bring Awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Designating May 5th as Day of Awareness for Crisis

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester’s resolution marking May 5th, 2021, as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls passed the U.S. Senate.

“It’s important to keep the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis at the forefront of the national conversation. On May 5 we remember Hanna Harris, who would be celebrating her 29th birthday, and the countless other lives that have been lost due to this crisis. Shedding a light on this tragic issue is a way to effectively address and protect our native communities,” Daines said. “I will continue to advocate for public safety as we look for solutions to this horrible crisis that is plaguing Montana, our native communities and all of the families that have been impacted.”

To download Senator Daines’ statement, click HERE.

“Today would have been Hanna Harris’s 29th birthday, and in honor of her and of far too many Indigenous people who have been victims of violence, we recognize the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls,” Tester said.It’s a day of remembrance but also one of resolve, as we recommit ourselves to taking action to keep Tribal communities safe and bring perpetrators to justice. We won't stop until we put an end to this crisis once and for all.”

To download Senator Tester’s statement, click HERE.

Daines and Tester annually introduce a Senate resolution to mark May 5th as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls to honor the memory of Hanna Harris. Hanna, born on May 5th, 1992, was a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and was murdered in July 2013. This resolution seeks to commemorate the lives of all American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women and girls like Hanna who have gone missing or have been murdered.

Background:

To follow Daines’ work on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis, click HERE.

To follow Tester’s work on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis, click HERE