Sex Trafficking in Indian Country Update

 

A project blog dedicated to providing a central location for the latest media, news articles, training information, funding and policy updates related to sex trafficking in Indian country.

Bill to Promote Safety on Indian Casino Reservations Introduced as Tribal Operators Forced to Defend

Synopsis: "The US Senate Indian Affairs Committee (IAC) introduced a bill Thursday that seeks to strengthen public safety on tribal reservations, addressing concerns that Indian communities experience some of the highest crime rates in the US, according to federal data. The bill, introduced by IAC chairman, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), is co-sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and John Barrasso (R-WY). “This bill enhances current law to ensure tribes have the tools to combat crime and keep their citizens safe and secure,” said Hoeven. “It also increases coordination between our tribal, federal and state law enforcement officials, so that we can more effectively improve safety in tribal a

Senator McCain’s Wife Praises Navajo Nation

Synopsis: Cindy McCain, the wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain, praised the Navajo Nation for being one of the first tribal governments to pass a law to address human trafficking. McCain who is the co-chairman of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, made her comments during a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing. The oversight hearing focused on human trafficking in Indian Country. Click here to access the original article.

Federal Legislation Named for Fargo Homicide Victim

Synopsis: Federal legislation aimed at protecting Native American women and girls from violence, abduction and human trafficking is named for Savanna Greywind, the pregnant Fargo woman who was killed and whose baby was taken. Click here to access the original article.

Hoeven Examines Indian Gaming Three Decades After the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act

Synopsis: WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, yesterday held a committee oversight hearing to examine the growth and evolution of the Indian gaming industry since the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) of 1988. The hearing was an opportunity to hear from administration officials and tribal leaders on new challenges and future opportunities for tribal gaming. “The tribal gaming industry has changed significantly since President Reagan signed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act into law,” said Hoeven. “The National Indian Gaming Commission recently announced that tribal gaming brought in $31.2 billion in gross gaming revenue

Tribal programs receive victim assistance funding

Synopsis: "Mountain Plains Youth Services in Bismarck also will receive $600,000 to provide services to victims of human trafficking, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will receive $443,785 for staffing, services and awareness in its domestic violence assistance program." Click here to access the original article.

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