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Missing or murdered: AZ to fight crime against indigenous women

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Missing or murdered: AZ to fight crime against indigenous women
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Missing or murdered: AZ to fight crime against indigenous women

NATIONS IN ARIZONA---AND THEY HAVE BEEN PLAGUED BYWOMEN -- MISSING OR MURDERED.NOW AS KGUN9 ON YOUR SIDE'SCRAIG SMITH REPORTS -- ARIZONAHAS A NEW LAW TO DOCUMENTMISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUSWOMAN -- AND SEARCH FORSOLUTIONS TO STOP THE DEATHS ANDDISAPPEARANCES.THEY ARE NATIVE AMERICAN WOMENMURDERED OR STILL MISSING---LARGELYINVISIBLE TO THE SOCIETY ANDSYSTEMS THAT FAILED TO PROTECTTHEM.RESEARCHERS CHECKED 71 U-SCITIES.

THEY FOUND 506 MISSINGOR MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN2017.

BUT FOUND NO LAWENFORCEMENT RECORDS IN 153 OFTHOSE CASES.ARIZONA'S 54 CASES RANKED THIRDBEHIND WASHINGTON ANDNEW MEXICO.

31 CASES CAME FROMTUCSON.APRIL IGNACIO FELT DRIVEN TODOCUMENT AS MANY LIVES AS SHECOULD."I BEGAN COLLECTING THESESTORIES FROM FAMILIES ALL OVERTHE REZ AND THAT'S HOW I GOTINVOLVED AND SO WE HELD AMEMORIAL AT OUR TRADITIONALWOMEN'S FIELD TO HONOR THOSEFAMILIES AND HONOR THOSE WOMENAND GIRLS AND TO TELL WEWON'T FORGET THEM."NOW SHE IS PART OF THE PEOPLEWHO CONVINCED STATE LAWMAKERSANDGOVERNOR DUCEY TO PASS A LAW TORESEARCH HOW AND WHY NATIVEAMERICAN WOMEN BECOME VICTIMS,AND HOW TO PROTECT THEM.FORMER STATE REP WENONA BENALLYHELPED LEAD THE EFFORT FROM ASENSE OF JUSTICE FOR OTHERS, ANDFOR HERSELF."I WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ONEMONTH AFTER I WAS ELECTED TO THESTATE LEGISLATURE.

AND THAT'SBEEN THE MESSAGE THAT I'VE BEENTRYING TO GET OUT WITH MYINVOLVEMENT IN THIS ISSUE ISTHATTHIS IMPACTS EVERYONE, ITIMPACTS SOMEONE EVEN LIKE ME."STATE SENATOR SALLY ANN GONZALESSAYS SOCIETY HASPLACED LESS VALUE ON SOME GROUPSAND ARIZONA'S NEW LAW IS A STEPTOWARDS CHANGING THAT."I THINK PEOPLE OF COLOR ANDPEOPLE THAT ARE INDIGENT PEOPLE,POORPEOPLE ARE JUST NOT VIEWED AS,AS IMPORTANT, UNFORTUNATELY.AND I THINK THAT'S PART OF THEPROBLEM.

AND, AND WHY THIS BILL,ANDBRINGING AWARENESS TO THE ISSUEIS VERY IMPORTANT."CRAIG SMITH, KGUN9 ON YOUR SIDETUCSON POL




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