An empty red dress is seen at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington as part of "The REDress Project," an installation by Métis artist Jaime Black that raises awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Witness list for Senate hearing on Indian Country safety legislation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a legislative hearing on Wednesday to focus on public safety in Indian Country and protections for Native women and youth.

Five bills are on the agenda for the hearing. They are:
S.227, also known as Savanna's Act. The bill, named in honor of Savanna Marie Greywind, a Spirit Lake Nation woman who went missing and was murdered in 2017, requires the federal government to account for the numbers of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives the first time.

S.288, the Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act. The bill recognizes tribal authority over non-Indians who commit sexual assault, sex trafficking and stalking.

S.290, the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act. The bill recognizes tribal authority over non-Indians who commit crimes against children and against law enforcement.

S.982, the Not Invisible Act. The bill includes provisions to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans by improving coordination among federal agencies and by including survivors of trafficking and family members of the missing and murdered on a new advisory committee.

S.1853, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act. The bill helps tribes, states and the federal government address the crisis of the missing and murdered, and improves coordination among law enforcement in tribal communities.

The hearing takes place immediately following at business meeting at 2:30pm Eastern in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The entire session will be broadcast on the committee's website.

The witness list follows:
Director, Office of Tribal Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.

Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Justice Services
Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C.

Chief Justice
Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Juneau, AK

United South & Eastern Tribes
Washington, D.C.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice
Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S. 227, S. 288, S. 290 & S. 982 (June 19, 2019)

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