May 3, 2024

Schatz, Murkowski Lead Committee Passage of Five Bills, Legislative Hearing

For Immediate Release

May 3, 2024


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Schatz, Murkowski Lead Committee Passage of five Bills, Legislative Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, led Committee passage of the following bills at a business meeting:

Following the business meeting, the Committee held a legislative hearing on S.465, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act, and S.2695, the Parity for Law Enforcement Act. Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland from the Department of the Interior, President of the National Congress of American Indians Mark Macarro, and Tulalip Chief of Police Chris Sutter, on behalf of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), testified.

“Each bill addresses key areas of need: addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People crisis and improving Tribal law enforcement officer recruitment and retention in Indian Country,” said Chairman Schatz on the legislative hearing. “We heard just how critical these needs are out our public safety listening session last month. Over 600 people listened in, and commenters overwhelmingly listed MMIP and law enforcement officer recruitment and retention challenges as among their top priorities.”

The full video of the business meeting and legislative hearing is available here.