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New alert system for missing Indigenous persons passed by legislature
City Inside/Out: Missing & murdered Indigenous people

The research is heartbreaking - Seattle has the highest number of missing and murdered Indigenous women of any urban area in the country. Now state lawmakers have passed a bill to create the first Amber Alert type system for Indigenous people, to help raise public awareness of the crisis and to hopefully reunite families with their loved ones. 


Rep. Debra Lekanoff, Washington State (D-40th), HB1725 Sponsor

Patricia Whitefoot, Yakama Nation Community Advocate, Washington State Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People Task Force Member

Connie Samuels, Mother of Besse Handy

Anna Bean, Puyallup Tribal Council

Annie Forsman-Adams, Washington State Attorney General's Office 


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