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Bill to help track murdered, missing women passes


March 13, 2019


VICTORY: Rep. Gina Mosbrucker hugs Rep. Debra Lekanoff following passage of House Bill 1713, regarding missing and murdered indigenous people. Lekanoff, D-Swinomish, is a Native American who worked with Mosbrucker on the bill.

Legislation by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker to further investigations of missing and murdered indigenous women and other indigenous persons gained unanimous approval by the Washington State House of Representatives last Tuesday.

House Bill 1713 continues upon legislation passed last year that brought the Washington State Patrol (WSP) together with federally recognized tribes, tribal law enforcement, urban Indian organizations and the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs to study and identify the issue of missing Native American women in Washington state and report recommendations to the Legislature.

"At one of the meetings, the Yakama Nation brought more than 300 people, and there were more than f...

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