Lawmakers call for DOJ review of Indian Country probes

A bill was unanimously approved in the U.S. Senate last year but died in the House.

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal lawmakers are re-introducing legislation that calls for the Justice Department to review how law enforcement agencies respond to cases of missing and murdered Native Americans.

The legislation is named Savanna’s Act for 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found in a North Dakota river in 2017.

It was re-introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House. It also seeks to expand tribes’ access to missing persons databases.

The bill was unanimously approved in the U.S. Senate last year but died in the House.

Democratic Reps. Norma Torres, of California, Deb Haaland, of New Mexico and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash. re-introduced the legislation as lead sponsors in the House on Tuesday.

U.S. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, is a lead sponsor of the legislation in the Senate, where it was re-introduced earlier this year.

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