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Bill would help tracking of missing Native American women

Bill would help tracking of missing Native American women
Courtesy/photo from NET Radio. Sen. Tom Brewer.

Lincoln, Neb. —  A Nebraska lawmaker says law enforcement officials need to unite behind an effort to track cases of missing Native American women and children, as other states are doing.

Sen. Tom Brewer, of Gordon, presented a proposal that would require better tracking of such cases. The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the bill Thursday but took no immediate action.

Brewer says law enforcement agencies don’t always communicate well with tribes or the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, creating a “no-man’s land” that allows cases of missing Native American women to go unnoticed.

The measure is modeled after a new Washington state law on the same issue. North Dakota lawmakers are considering legislation as well.

Brewer’s original bill focused solely on women, but he hopes to expand it to include children.

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