House approves bill for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force

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.

Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton)

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. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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