Fargo representative introduces two bills on missing and murdered indigenous people

By  | 

BISMARCK, N.D. - UPDATE: Two bills expected next week are from Fargo representative Ruth Buffalo, who introduced legislation aimed at addressing the problem of murdered and missing indigenous people.

Buffalo says she was bringing these forward regardless of what happened with Savanna's Act at the federal level. Her two bills would create training on human trafficking investigations and any data sharing system has to include data on missing and murdered indigenous people.

“Everyone should be concerned about the high rates of missing and murdered indigenous people in our community and across North Dakota. We should be asking why is this happening,” said Buffalo, D-Fargo.

The bills will go to different committees, but there's no set hearing date for either one of them.


ORIGINAL STORY: Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, introduced two different bills to collect data on missing and murdered indigenous people and create training for law enforcement.

HB 1311 would “Promote training on human trafficking investigation and prosecution and on missing and murdered indigenous people.” HB 1313 would create a criminal justice data information sharing system that “must include data related to missing and murdered indigenous people.

Links to the bills are attached to this story.