Lawmakers push for funding for missing Indigenous role
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A bipartisan group of South Dakota House lawmakers is giving their recommendation to a pair of proposals to fund a position in the attorney general’s office to coordinate law enforcement investigations into the disappearance and murder of Indigenous people.
The House Judiciary committee recommended two bills for funding to the committee of lawmakers ironing out the state budget.
The Legislature last year created the position and pushed Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to work with the tribes to find funding to staff it. But he has not obtained the funds.
That’s left some Native American advocates frustrated.
Ravnsborg says he is also working to find the funds this year.