House Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Savanna’s Act

Published: Mar. 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM CDT
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Savanna's Act was unanimously approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

The bill require the Justice Department to develop protocols to address missing and murdered Native Americans, including information sharing and training for law enforcement.

The bill was named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old pregnant member of the Spirit Lake Tribe and Fargo resident, who was murdered in 2017.

Congressman Kelly Armstrong, a member of the Judiciary Committee and cosponsor of Savanna's Act, said this act will help bring justice to victims and help prevent future crimes.

“Congress must do more to address violence against Native Americans. On some reservations, Native American women are murdered at a rate of more than 10 times the national average,” Armstrong said.

Savanna’s Act (H.R. 2733) was introduced by Congresswoman Norma Torres (D, Calif.) and has 47 cosponsors, including Armstrong.