Montana’s U.S. senators say they’ll take up a bill targeting the federal government’s handling of missing or murdered Native Americans.
Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said the bill known as Savanna’s Act needs to advance, despite the departure of its author Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. The North Dakota Democrat was defeated in the 2018 elections. The bill was named for Savanna Greywind, a murdered member of the Spirit Lake Tribe who was eight months pregnant when her baby was cut from her womb by a female neighbor in Fargo, North Dakota.
The Associated Press
The number of murdered and missing Native American women is believed to be in the hundreds, but scant records have made tracking those cases difficult. The Urban Indian Health Institute has accounted for 506 cases, while acknowledging there could be more.