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Yakima Convention Center holds meeting for Missing Native American women

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10-29-18 UPDATE

YAKIMA, WA - Multiple agencies have come together to address a very important issue, missing Native American women in Washington.

A meeting regarding this issues was held at the Yakima Convention Center on Monday.

At the meeting Representative Gina Mosbrucker talked about House Bill 2951, which allows Washington State Patrol (WSP) to conduct a study on how to increase the reporting and investigation of missing Native American women.

Mosbrucker says she had a number of signs that lead her to advocate for these women and push for this bill.

"Native American women is the only population that does not have a database. All other populations do, and there is no national database counting the amount of women that are missing and telling that story," said Rep Mosbrucker.

With HB 2951 in play WSP will work with the Governors Office of Indian Affairs, local tribes, and other local law enforcement to try and answer the question everyone has, which is, How many Native American women are missing? 

Monday's meeting is just one of many that will take place to gather information, shed light on the resources available and find out what the barriers are.

When asking tribal members and WSP Capt. Monica Alexander what are concerns are being brought up and here's what they said.

"Some families when they go forward there is no official report, but we hear about that and that's part of the issue too, What's the barriers that Washington state is asking? When someone makes a report it should be taken seriously at that time," said Athena Sanchey Yalluv, Yakama Nation Tribal Council.

"I will have to say they have expressed some frustration, you know with how the process has been handled in the past," said Capt. Alexander.

Yalluv also said she knew of two missing women and that the three other women standing around her also have missing family members.

The next meeting will be in Sheldon on November 8th, at the Little Creek Casino.

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10-29-18 ORIGINAL STORY:

YAKIMA, WA- Washington State Patrol alongside the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs will hold a meeting at the Yakima Convention Center to discuss the missing Native women in Washington State. 

This is just one of the many meetings happening after House Bill 2951 passed this past summer. 

HB-2951 requires WSP to work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, local tribes, and other law enforcement agencies to determine how to increase reporting and investigation of missing Native women. 

The study must be done and reported by June 1, 2019. This study will also be able to include data including the number of missing women in the state. 

The main goals of this meeting include:

  • Determine the scope of the problem
  • Identify barriers
  • Create partnerships to increase reporting and investigation
  • Have community voice their opinions on the matter

The meeting runs from 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Yakima Convention Center. 10 North 8th Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901 

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