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Two MMIW bills head to President’s desk for signature

Washington, DC-- Two bills, working to end the epidemic of violence against Native women, are one step closer to becoming law.

The US House passed Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act Monday. The Senate had already passed them.

Savanna's Act is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a Native woman murdered in Fargo in 2017. It will increase coordination among law enforcement, improve data collection, and make sure tribal governments have the tools they need to respond when these cases happen.

The Not Invisible Act will establish an advisory committee on violent crime, made up of law enforcement, tribal leaders, and survivors. It will report to the Departments of Justice and Interior.

Minnesota ranks 9th in the nation for cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The bills now go to the President for signature.

Bonney Bowman

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