Journey to Wellness in Indian Country: Savanna's Act "slipping through the cracks"?
"There's been some sort of acknowledgement - wringing of the hands or shaking of the head in dismay - but full follow-through? That's never been the practice on any level."
“Savanna’s Act was signed into law over a year ago and requires the Department of Justice to update Congress on how the reforms and guidelines are being implemented to better protect native women and communities. I am deeply disappointed this statutory deadline has not been met, given the dire state of the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in Central Washington and across the country."Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland
Savanna's Act, named after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the pregnant Spirit Lake Tribal member who was horrifically murdered in 2017, was signed into law in October of 2020.
But so far, there have been none of the legally required updates from the Department of Justice.
Minnesota Senator Mary Kunesh talks about what needs to happen to keep making progress on the state and national level.
And Minnesota is the first state with a task force on Missing and Murdered African American Women. Senator Kunesh is the chief author of the legislation that created the task force.