The chairman, who is Selena’s uncle, collaborated with Oglala Lakota 5th Council Member Rick Gray Grass and Northern Cheyenne President Rynalea Whiteman Peña to facilitate the prayer run for her as well as all missing and murdered indigenous community members. The non-profit Mitakuye Foundation for Lakota youth provided support. Grassroots mobilization for accountability has spurred community awareness as well as legislative efforts at federal and state levels to coordinate law enforcement resources to improve the justice system for at-risk and tribal citizens and crime victims in Indian country. Nationwide, women’s day marches on January 19 highlighted the issue. South Dakota Attorney Gen. Jason Ravnsborg has asked the 2020 State Legislature to approve a data base in his office after last year’s session paved the way with passage of “An act to establish the duty to collect data and share information on missing and murdered indigenous persons,” introduced by Pine Ridge Village Rep. Peri Pourier.
Oglala Lakota Tribe runners running for Selena and all #MMIW ! 💯 They pulled into Ashland around 11 this morning! Kevin...Posted by Joanna J. Shane on Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Senate approved the request and sent it to the House of Representatives on January 24. In the U.S. Congress’ pursuit of federal legislation, it established that:
(1) On some reservations, Indian women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average. (2) American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.5 times as likely to experience violent crimes—and at least two times more likely to experience rape or sexual assault crimes—compared to all other races. (3) More than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women, or 84.3 percent, have experienced violence in their lifetime. (4) More than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native men, or 81.6 percent, have experienced violence in their lifetime. (5) Homicide is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women between 10 and 24 years of age and the fifth leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women between 25 and 34 years of age. (6) Investigation into cases of missing and murdered Indian women is made difficult for tribal law enforcement agencies due to a lack of resources, such as necessary training, equipment, or funding; a lack of interagency cooperation; and a lack of appropriate laws in place. (7) The complicated jurisdictional scheme that exists in Indian country has a significant negative impact on the ability to provide public safety to Indian communities; has been increasingly exploited by criminals; and requires a high degree of commitment and cooperation among tribal, federal, and state law enforcement officials.
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