Violence against Indigenous women bill needs your support

The bill to address the silent epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, children, and men (SF515) was heard in the Senate this week. The House version is queued up and ready for a floor vote. Senator Patricia Torres Ray introduced it to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee. The testimony was powerful, and we acknowledge the deep pain, anguish and yet resilient strength of the testifiers. Watch the hearing. Testimony starts at 22 minutes and continues to one hour.

At the end of the hearing, the committee chair, Senator Limmer laid the bill over for possible inclusion in the committee’s Omnibus, despite being repeatedly asked by the testifiers and the House and Senate authors to move the bill on it’s own. This mirrors last year’s actions and trivializes the on-going trauma and pain of indigenous communities by using the bill as a political bargaining chip. Omnibus bill policies are traded off in reconciling House and Senate versions at the end of the session.

Please contact Senator Limmer, Chair of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee, and urge him to let SF515 go through as a stand-alone bill. After all, it addresses a long standing historical injustice that needs to be acknowledged and stopped. It is not a bargaining chip for future negotiations.