KFYR: Turtle Mountain chairman sends letter of support for Savanna's Act
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Chairman Jamie Azure has penned a letter of support to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on behalf of the tribe for Savanna’s Act.
The legislation is named after the late Savanna Greywind, who was killed for her unborn child in 2017. It would improve legal resources for investigations into violence against Native American women. Former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp introduced the bill, but it stalled in the House. Murkowski, along with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., have since re-introduced the bill, and North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer are co-sponsoring.
“Our Tribal family realized the fragility of our People and law enforcement’s limitations. Senate Bill 227 provides a framework for everyone to do better work for missing indigenous women and men,” Azure writes in the letter.
You can find the letter attached to this story.
By: Joe Skurzewski