By: News Director Larissa Donovan
The Minnesota House unanimously approved a bill to create a task force to address missing and murdered Indigenous women in Minnesota.
Currently, there is no state or national system in place to collect data on this issue. The bill’s author, DFL-er Mary Kunesh-Podein, says the task force would collaborate across various agencies and communities.
American Indian women face murder rates that are more than ten times the national average, and homicide is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaskan native women.
If approved by the Senate, the task force will provide data and analysis of the causes behind these numbers.