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By Emma Scher
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Task force proposed for missing indigenous women


February 20, 2019

According to a report by the Urban Indian Health Institute, Seattle has the most cases of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls than any other city in the country.

Washington state had the second-highest number of total cases, only following New Mexico.

House Bill 1713 aims to improve the law enforcement response to these cases by establishing a task force and Washington State Patrol liaisons to work with tribal communities and law enforcement. The bill has 24 bipartisan sponsors. According to its fiscal note, it is expected to cost the State patrol more than $500,000 to implement.

A number of Native American men and women testified asking for the bill t...

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