On Saturday Donald Trump signed Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act, laws aimed at addressing missing and murdered Native American women. The passing of these laws is being called a “critical first step.” In 2018, the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) completed a survey reporting 5,712 missing Alaska Native and American Indian women and girls in 2016—with only 116 having been registered in the Department of Justice database.
Savanna’s Act requires federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies to update and create protocols to help track, solve and prevent crimes against Native Americans. The Not Invisible Act directs the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice to establish a joint commission on violent crime within and against the Native American community.
The signing came just days before Indigenous Peoples' Day (today, Oct. 12, 2020), a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.
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