WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) and 11 lawmakers today urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to take immediate action on legislation addressing the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women.
“Native American and Alaska Native women face a murder rate ten times higher than the national average, with eighty-four percent experiencing some form of violence in their lifetime. Despite this disturbing and persisting trend, there is still no reliable way of knowing how many indigenous women go missing each year or whose fate hangs in the balance of an unsolved murder case. This is unacceptable,” they wrote.
The lawmakers pressed House leaders to bring forward two bipartisan bills, including Gianforte’s Savanna’s Act, for a vote in July.
They concluded, “These bipartisan bills will give law enforcement and the communities they serve the tools to finally understand and address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and put an end to a decades long crisis that affects native communities throughout our country.”
The full letter to Pelosi and McCarthy may be found HERE.