FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke on the Senate floor on Friday, 11/1 to discuss the crisis of violence against indigenous women in Alaska and across the nation. She also discussed the need to both understand the problem and coordinate between our state, federal, and tribal governments.
Senator Murkowski discussed the Not Invisible Act which she introduced back in April 2019. The Not Invisible Act is legislation aimed at addressing violence against Native women by engaging law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, and improving coordination across federal agencies. She discussed this along with Savanna's Act which is a bill calling for law enforcement to focus more on missing and murdered Indigenous women.
She shared stories of victims in Alaska and statistics stating that Alaska Native women are two and a half times more likely to be a victim of domestic violence.
"These families have faced unspeakable loss and until recently have felt almost invisible, frustrated, and really just let down by the system, the complex system that was supposed to protect them," said Senator Murkowski.
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