Sokaogon Chippewa Community News
Legislation for Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women
“This is an extremely important issue as murder is the third leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaskan Native Women,” said Pennie Meyers, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. “We fully support increasing the visibility of this devastating epidemic and urge the legislature to quickly pass this bill.”
“We are grateful to the Native advocates and legislators who have brought this bill forward,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “The violence that Native women have been subjected to since colonization is beyond inhumane. It’s high time we recognize it, understand it and end it.”
The legislation introduced would bring together Tribal and state government leaders, survivors, advocates and law enforcement to examine the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women and require that group to submit a report with recommendations to the state legislature and Tribal governments.