Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, which falls on Sunday, May 5th. Earlier this month, she joined Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in introducing a resolution designating May 5, 2019 as a day of observance to shed light on the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.
“The growing number of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women is truly an epidemic that harms us all. Congress must do more to address this issue and provide justice to the families of these women. I’m proud to join my colleagues in designating a day in which we recommit ourselves to spreading awareness, targeting resources and enhancing coordination to support our Native communities. I’ll continue to fight to stop trafficking and violence against vulnerable communities in Nevada, and across the country.”
In addition to Senators Cortez Masto and Daines, Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also cosponsored the resolution.
Full text of the resolution is available here.