Nava­jos back bill on kid­nap alerts

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

WIN­DOW ROCK, Ariz. — A panel of law­mak­ers on the na­tion’s largest Amer­i­can In­dian reser­va­tion is throw­ing its sup­port be­hind fed­eral leg­is­la­tion that would ex­pand the Am­ber Alert child ab­duc­tion emer­gency no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem to tribes across the U.S.

One of the stand­ing leg­isla­tive com­mit­tees on the Navajo Na­tion last week voted in fa­vor of a mea­sure that sup­ports the con­gres­sional leg­is­la­tion.

The leg­is­la­tion is in re­sponse to the 2016 deadly ab­duc­tion of Ash­lynne Mike, 11, on the Navajo Na­tion.

The high-pro­file case raised ques­tions about gaps in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween tribal and neigh­bor­ing law en­force­ment.

Tribal mem­bers have tes­ti­fied about the need for the Navajo Na­tion to estab­lish its own com­pre­hen­sive sys­tem to re­main ac­count­able and re­spon­si­ble for the pro­tec­tion of Navajo chil­dren, rather than re­ly­ing on state en­ti­ties.

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