New law protects missing Native American Women

PIERRE, S.D. – A new law in South Dakota will focus in on missing Native American women. The law takes effect July 1 and received unanimous support in the South Dakota legislature.

The law requires the Division of Criminal Investigation to collect data on missing and murdered indigenous people, along with create procedures and training for investigating cases involving women and children.

Republican Sen. Lynne DiSanto of Box Elder sponsored the bill and says she hopes the new law sends a message that “every missing South Dakotan is important, worthy of our time and our resources.”

The new law will allow South Dakota to share information with other state and tribal agencies to “bring these women home.”

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