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Indigenous women and girls are disappeared or murdered each year at alarming rates in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that murder is the third-leading cause of death among Native American and Alaska Native women.
The U.S. federal government does not keep data rates of violence and disappearances of Native American and Alaska Native women and girls. States and U.S. cities are also not adequately tracking this data, sometimes lacking basic classification options in their databases for Native American and Alaska Native women. The lack of data on this issue impedes the ability of communities, tribal nations, and policy makers to make informed decisions on how best to address this violence.
The United States must do more to address this crisis, starting with basic data collection and coordination across Tribal and federal agencies. Savanna’s Act does this. The Senate has passed Savanna’s Act, but it’s still waiting in the House (H.R.2733).