Govenor Ducey signs HB2570

Govenor Ducey is surrounded by new committee members of law enforcement, Arizona’s Native American tribes, family members of the murdered and missing and additional victim advocates.

PHOENIX — On Tuesday Gov. Doug Ducey joined families, tribal leaders, members of law enforcement, elected officials and more to sign H.B. 2570, legislation establishing a 21-member Study Committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The new committee will consist of members of law enforcement, Arizona’s Native American tribes, family members of the murdered and missing and additional victim advocates.

H.B. 2570 passed both the Arizona House and Senate with unanimous support earlier this year.

“The crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is a heart-wrenching reality that tribal communities have been experiencing for far too long,” said Governor Ducey. “So many families have been subjected to the grief and pain of losing a loved one who was killed or sadly vanished. Today, Arizona says ‘no more.’ My compassion and thanks go out to these families and advocates involved in leading this fight for answers, action and justice.

“In some tribal communities American Indian women face murder rates 10 times the national rate, yet, there is little to no data to show what exactly is happening,” said Senator Victoria Steele. “We can’t allow our Native sisters to just disappear at this rate and not draw attention to it. Today, we are taking action by shedding light on this issue and finally giving it the attention it deserves.”

“Having worked with indigenous peoples through much of my life, it has a strong, personal element of satisfaction to be a part of this effort to gain understanding of this ongoing tragedy,” said Speaker Rusty Bowers. “I thank Representative Jermaine and the unanimous support of the House and Senate for their strong statement of support as well.”

More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. The U.S. Department of Justice has reported that in some communities across the United States, the murder rate of indigenous women exceeds 10 times the national average.

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JtAlmond

I've been introduced to studies of the Uniform Crime Reports of the FBI and the USDOJ and NGO's from the 1980s to recent showing most homicides to be an intra-racial crime where the victim and perpetrator know each other. This doesn't speak for each and every case but the findings thru the years overwhelmingly reveal such evidence. Inter-racial homicides are sensationalized, editorialized, and just about every other "cized" throughout the media. Homicide cases such as OJ Simpson, Soon Ja Du, and George Zimmerman come to mind. Native on Native violence court action just in the past 30 days can be evidenced be looking at justice.gov/ Montana, South Dakota, or Arizona. I'm seeing far too many cases of homicide, aggravated assaults (uncompleted homicides) sexual abuse of children, and the deployment of meth and heroin amongst their own people. An ongoing crime of embezzlement of government funds to address these offenders and victims is embezzled by Native administrators of these Native help programs is very common. This has gone on thru the years. There is one montana case on the docket where funds directly addressing the problem of domestic violence by natives for natives was stolen by natives. One Barbara Daychief and McConnel have pled not guilty which is only a court maneuver to induce the prosecution to offer a plea bargain. The court cases and studies fly in the face of these articles stating it is the whites victimizing Indian women. I was alive when there was a different case of missing and murdered in another time and another place. The framework of such is similar with only minor difference in the who, what, and where department when looking at the totality of circumstances. There is the same emotionally charged allegations and a similar response by the authorities as was the cases of yesteryear. I'm seeing a replay of what went on back then. I predict the same closure of the current cases which those of yesteryear say was another injustice. It is a little after 8pm and I see a lone native female walking down the highway in what some would say is the middle of nowhere. Is the rank and file native even concerned with their own plight, do they even care?? Native violence seems to be the wallpaper of reservation life with most not even caring or is it just those profiting off all this going through these motions???


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