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Friday, December 3, 2021

Other Voices: Justice deferred for murdered and missing indigenous women

SITTLE. Despite widespread awareness of the alarming epidemic of violence against Native American women, federal law enforcement has been slow to tackle the crisis.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell has called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and Home Secretary Deb Haaland to begin implementing changes to help federal, tribal and local law enforcement agencies better respond to reports of missing or murdered Indigenous women. They should hurry to do it.

In October 2020, federal legislators passed the Invisibility Act and Savannah Act, named after Savannah Lafontaine-Graywind, a 22-year-old pregnant woman from the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota who was kidnapped and brutally murdered in 2017.

But officials in the federal departments of justice and home affairs have failed to comply with many of the provisions of those laws, according to the US government’s reporting bureau. This includes the appointment of the Joint Commission on the Reduction of Violence Against Indians to identify best practices in the fight against murder, trafficking, disappearances and other violent crimes against Native Americans and Alaska Natives. It also means increased cooperation between jurisdictions in cases of Indian disappearances or murders and violent crimes on Indian lands.

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Both laws were passed in October 2020 after years of work by women, tribes and indigenous organizations. Further delay is unacceptable. The GAO reports that American Indian and Alaska Native women experience higher rates of violence than most other women in the United States. The true scale of the problem is unknown due to legal problems and lack of complete data.

Journalists, community groups and human rights activists such as the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Washington have tried to fill the gaps. The Vanished, a partnership between the Yakima Herald-Republic, El Sol de Yakima and Radio KDNA with support from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and Microsoft, has documented dozens of cases – the most unsolved – of missing and murdered indigenous women in and around the Yakama area … booking. The list continues to grow.

But as important as these awareness-raising efforts are, decisive and coordinated law enforcement action will be required to solve crimes, bring justice to the victims and end this scourge.

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