WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that the committee passed S. 1942, Savanna’s Act, today.
“The committee took action to improve tribal access to crime information databases and federal reporting of missing and murdered Native Americans,” Hoeven said. “This legislation is intended to lead to better data collection and information reported to Congress on a tragic problem that affects many tribal communities across the country.”
Savanna’s Act will require the Department of Justice to develop guidelines for addressing cases relating to missing and murdered Native Americans.
Savanna’s Act was introduced in the Senate on October 5, 2017 by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). The bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration.