1. Action Alert
  2. Native Americans

Progress on Protections for Native Women!

By Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco , November 15, 2018

Yesterday Savanna’s Act (S.1942/H.R.4485) was unanimously passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. It now awaits action from the full Senate.

Savanna’s Act is named after Savanna LaFontaine Greywind, a pregnant Dakota woman who went missing and was found brutally murdered in August 2017.

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Savanna's act seeks to close the information gap to help bring justice to Native American Women.

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Native women and girls face a murder rate that’s 10 times the national average, and more than 4 in 5 Native women have experienced violence. This legislation will help law enforcement officers respond to and track cases of Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Quakers and Friends played an important role in advancing this legislation. How do we know? Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND) specifically mentioned FCNL as she entered FCNL's testimony into the official record.

This is an exciting step and we know it would not have been possible without the consistent advocacy of people like you. Thank you.

Let’s seize this opportunity! Now that the bill is out of committee we need Congress to act. Tell your legislators to pass Savanna’s Act before year end.

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco

  • Congressional Advocate, Native American Advocacy Program

Lacina Tangnaqudo Onco managed the Native American Advocacy program from 2017-2019. In that capacity she lobbied on legislation that affects Native communities and built connections between tribes, tribal organizations, and non-Indian allies, particularly among a wide range of faith groups, to ensure tribal needs were addressed.