Mullin' It Over Column
Last year, I joined the other Native American Members of Congress, Reps. Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna), Tom Cole (Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma) and Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin), to introduce H.R. 2438, the Not Invisible Act. The bipartisan bill will establish an advisory committee on violent crime made up of law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, and survivors to make recommendations to the Department of Interior and Department of Justice and establish best practices for law enforcement on combatting the epidemic of missing persons, murder, and trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Additionally, this legislation will ensure the unique challenges faced by tribal communities are considered when combatting crime, violence, and human trafficking. I also introduced legislation to help law enforcement get the tools they need for cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. H.R. 4289, the BADGES for Native Communities Act, will address barriers standing in the way of improving the efficiency of law enforcement agency data sharing and officer recruitment and retention, both of which are imperative to address this crisis. H.R. 2733, Savanna’s Act, was named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year old pregnant member of the Spirit Lake Tribe who was tragically murdered in August 2017. This bill will create new guidelines for responding to cases regarding missing and murdered indigenous women, and incentivizes law enforcement to implement the guidelines.
Native women and girls are disproportionately likely to become victims of sex trafficking. That's why Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, introduced the Not Invisible Act. #NotInvisible #MMIW https://t.co/sq6uz1X7zI— indianz.com (@indianz) January 28, 2020
Markwayne Mullin, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was first elected to serve the people of Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District in November 2012. He is currently serving his fourth term in office. Mullin and his wife Christie have six children. The Mullin family currently resides in Westville, Oklahoma, on the same family farm where Markwayne was raised.
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