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Savanna's Act for missing and murdered Native Americans headed to Trump's desk for signature


September 22, 2020

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump is poised to sign a missing and murdered Native Americans bill that was backed by North Dakota leaders in light of the 2017 death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in Fargo.

The U.S. House approved Savanna's Act Monday, Sept. 21, with a voice vote, meaning the bill is headed to the president's desk, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement. If signed, the Department of Justice will be required to develop protocols to address the issue of missing and murdered Native Americans.

That includes providing training to law enforcement on how to record tribal enrollment for victims in federal databases, implementing strategies to educate the public on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, consulting tribes on work regarding missing and murdered Native Americans, developing guidelines for cases and reporting statistics.


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