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Savanna’s Act must be reintroduced due to new congressional session

During the last congressional session, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would address the issue of missing and murdered Native Americans. The bill sat in the U.S. House waiting for approval before heading to the president’s desk.

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Savanna’s Act

3/12/2019

article A Local Lawmaker is Headed to DC to Testify For Savanna's Act
(Washington D.C.) -- In December we told you about a US Senate bill that would improve resources to bring missing indigenous women and children home. The bill ultimately...

1/28/2019

article North Dakota senators co-sponsoring Savanna's Act in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Sens. Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven announced Monday, Jan. 28, that they're both co-sponsoring Savanna's Act, a bill which specifically...
article Senators reintroduce bill to protect Native American women, finish work started by defeated colleague
(Washington D.C.) -- Two senators reintroduced a bill Monday that aims to strengthen protections for Native American women, who face above-average rates of murder,...

1/7/2019

article Savanna’s Act must be reintroduced due to new congressional session
(Washington D.C.) -- During the last congressional session, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would address the issue of missing and murdered Native Americans. The bill...

1/6/2019

article Montana's senators renew support for missing, murdered Native American women
(Montana) -- Montana’s U.S. senators say they’ll take up a bill targeting the federal government’s handling of missing or murdered Native Americans....
article Letter: Take closer look at 'Savanna's Act'
(North Dakota) -- To the editor, It is often the case with federal legislation that the titles and the hype urging passage of bills omit much of the significant content...

12/28/2018

article MORON ALERT: Retiring House Judiciary Chairman Calls Savanna’s Act “unfair to law enforcement”
(Washington D.C.) -- A retiring Republican Virginia Congressman blocking Savanna’s Act from passing in the house says the measure is unfair to law enforcement....
article Republican senator to revive bill meant to help Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she plans to reintroduce a bill intended to help solve crimes against Native Americans. The bill received unanimous...

12/26/2018

article Alaska senator commits to push for Savanna's Act 'early and aggressively'
(Washington D.C.) -- Legislation named in honor of a North Dakota woman that aims to gather data on missing and murdered Native American women is expected to be...
article Lisa Murkowski Will Bring Back Bill To Help Abused Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- For his final act in Congress, retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) single-handedly killed a bill that would have helped combat the horrific levels...
article Murkowski to reintroduce bill to help abused Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) aims to reintroduce legislation in the next Congress to combat violence against Native American women. Murkowski told...
article This Savanna's Act Update Means Congress Will Have Another Chance To Address A Crucial Issue
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is reigniting legislative efforts to curtail violence against Native American women. According to The...

12/23/2018

article Bill to help solve crimes against Native Americans stalls
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill meant to help authorities solve cases in which Native American women go missing or are killed on tribal land looks like it will expire before...
article Blue Ridge Caucus: Bob Goodlatte responds to Heidi Heitkamp crusade to pass 'Savanna's Act'
(Virginia) -- Who is holding up U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's bill aimed at curbing violence against Native American women and girls? Heitkamp says it's Rep. Bob...

12/22/2018

article Savanna's Act apparently won't get passed
(Washington D.C.) -- As Congress adjourned Friday night, Dec. 21, there was no word if Savanna's Act, an effort to fight the epidemic of violence against women and...

12/21/2018

article VIDEO: Jennifer Lewis Talks to Native-American Civil Rights Advocate Jordan Marie Daniel About Why #SavannasAct Is So Important”
(Washington D.C.) -- From Jennifer Lewis: “I spoke with Native-American civil rights advocate Jordan Marie Daniel about why #SavannasAct is so important, and why...

12/20/2018

article Docs: VA Congressman Leading a One Man War On a Bill That Could Save Thousands of Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Splinter has obtained Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s version of Savanna’s Act, the bill meant to address the mind-numbing rates of...

12/19/2018

article A retiring House Republican is stalling a bill that would protect Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota reportedly wanted to pass one final law before leaving the Senate, a law that would protect Native American...
article Activists ask Cramer to help move stalled 'Savanna's Act' in House
(North Dakota) -- "Savanna's Act" remains blocked in the U.S. House. The bill recently passed in the Senate, but was placed on hold without explanation by...

12/18/2018

article A Republican Congressman and other factors stalling Savanna’s Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Last Thursday, Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota issued a series of tweets calling out U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, for holding up her...
article This Asshole Is Singlehandedly Blocking a Bill to Address Violence Against Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Bob Goodlatte, a Republican representative from Virginia, is singlehandedly blocking a bill meant to address the alarmingly high numbers of missing...

12/17/2018

article A Single GOP Congressman Is Blocking A Bill To Help Abused Native Women
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to combat the appallingly high rates of missing and murdered Native women has stalled in the House, despite sailing through the Senate,...
article Leaders Speak Out: Savanna’s Act Unanimously Passed in the Senate, Stopped in the House
(Washington D.C.) -- Just weeks after Savanna Greywind was abducted and tragically killed, Savanna’s Act was introduced to the senate. Just last week it was...
article Savanna's Act Would Address Violence Against Native American Women — But One Lawmaker's Stalling It
(Washington D.C.) -- Tragically, Native American women face alarming levels of violence. Indeed, indigenous women have an estimated murder rate that is 10 times the...

12/14/2018

article Heitkamp: House member playing 'petty' politics blocks Savanna's Act
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is fuming over a U.S. House member's efforts to block Savanna's Act, legislation aimed at addressing the...
article Savanna's Act unexpectedly blocked in House
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill named in honor of Fargo murder victim Savanna Greywind has hit a roadblock. "Savanna's Act" was passed in the Senate last week...

12/8/2018

article Senate passes legislation to gather data on missing, murdered Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously approved Savanna’s Act, legislation that aims to gather data on missing and murdered Native American...
article U.S. Senate Passes Bill Addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at battling the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States, requiring...
article ​Savanna’s Act passes U.S. Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- Savanna’s Act passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate on Friday and will move to the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, S. 1942, is named...

11/26/2018

press release Heitkamp’s Savanna’s Act advances in Senate Committee
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs voted to advance Savanna’s Act, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s legislation to help address...

11/25/2018

article EDITORIAL: Seeking justice for Indian women
(North Dakota) -- That, in brief, is the urgency behind Savanna’s Act — legislation that has been awaiting action in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate for an...

11/24/2018

article Crimes swept aside no longer
(USA) -- Urban American cities held a dark secret and hardly anyone knew it. More than 95-percent of the cases here were never covered by national or international news...

11/18/2018

article BILLNGS GAZETTE: Seeking justice for Indian women
(Montana) -- Missing and murdered Native American women deserve justice. That, in brief, is the urgency behind Savanna’s Act — legislation that has been awaiting action...

11/17/2018

article The horrific death of a Native American woman spurs action in Congress
(North Dakota) -- A year ago in August, during her last month of pregnancy, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind placed a pizza delivery order to her family’s Fargo, N.D.,...

11/16/2018

article Senate committee passes Heitkamp's Savanna Act
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill named for a Fargo murder victim has taken a step forward. The U.S.Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved Savanna's Act, introduced by...

11/15/2018

article Member of Laguna Pueblo: 'As a Native woman, it gives me hope'
(New Mexico) -- Savanna's Act passed through the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee unanimously on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. "The bill will help establish...

11/14/2018

article Heitkamp advocates for public safety in Indian Country as Savanna's Act advances
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp urged her colleagues to keep working to improve public safety in Indian Country as her legislation to address cases of missing...
article Senate Taking Up Heitkamp's Savanna's Act After Another Horrific Attack on Native Woman
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, Sheena Between Lodges, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, was brutally beaten into a coma. According to an interview...

10/29/2018

article Final sentence issued in Savanna Greywind’s case
(North Dakota) -- Although a jury found him innocent of conspiracy to murder Savanna Greywind, William Hoehn received a sentence of life imprisonment plus one year with...

10/14/2018

article Fargo police chief defends searches of baby snatching crime scene
(North Dakota) -- An intriguing aspect of the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind is the fact Fargo police made three consensual searches of the apartment where she...

10/11/2018

article LaFontaine-Greywind family and supporters march for indigenous women
(North Dakota) -- In delivering a forceful message on behalf of his family, the father of slain Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind said he was angry with law enforcement and...

9/29/2018

article Not Guilty: Jury Acquits Man of Murder Conspiracy in Savanna Greywind's Killing
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota man was acquitted Friday of helping to kill a pregnant neighbor by tightening a rope around the woman's neck after his girlfriend...

9/19/2018

article Defense says Hoehn guilty of cover-up, but not murder, in pregnant Fargo woman’s death
(North Dakota) -- The attorney for a man charged with conspiring to murder a pregnant Fargo woman said his client is not guilty of that crime, but he is guilty of...
article Man tightens rope around pregnant woman’s neck after his girlfriend cuts baby from her womb: Prosecutor
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota man accused of helping to kill a pregnant woman tightened a rope around her neck after his girlfriend sliced the baby from the victim...

9/18/2018

article Trial begins for Greywind’s second alleged murderer
(North Dakota) -- Day one of the trial of William Henry Hoehn and his possible role in the murder of Savanna Greywind whose eight-month-old baby was cut from her womb in...

9/16/2018

article 2nd trial in case that shined light on missing Native women
(North Dakota) -- A second suspect in the killing of a North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb will stand trial this week, more than a year after her...

12/25/2017

article Will Savanna's Act Protect Native American Women?
(North Dakota) -- The murder of a Native American woman in North Dakota has inspired lawmakers in Congress to introduce a bill aimed at protecting Native women. The bill...

12/24/2017

article Boyfriend of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind speaks out in People Magazine
(North Dakota) -- Four months after the disappearance of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, her boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, will be featured in People Magazine. Matheny, who...

12/12/2017

article US woman lured pregnant neighbour to her apartment, killed her and took her unborn baby
(North Dakota) -- The neighbours downstairs first heard the noise on a Saturday afternoon in August. Bang. It echoed down from the apartment overheard on the third floor...

12/4/2017

article Former inmate says suspect in Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's killing and kidnapping revealed all in jail
(North Dakota) -- After the new guy was booked into the Cass County Jail on a late August evening of this year, it wasn't long before fellow inmate Bryan Grob found...

10/25/2017

article "Savannah's Bill" gets first Senate hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- US Senator Heidi Heitkamp was among those speaking before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in support of three bills to enhance all levels of Law...
article Savanna’s Act Hearing Held in Washington, D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- Savanna’s Act gets a hearing at the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senator...
article Senate hearing highlights lack of data on missing, murdered Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp pushed Wednesday for the Department of Justice to prioritize investigations of missing and murdered Native American women,...

10/6/2017

article Savanna's Act aims to bring justice for missing, murdered Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- With a lack of statistics on missing and murdered Native American women, some tribal members in North Dakota give Sen. Heidi Heitkamp personal...
article Sen. Heitkamp Introduces “Savanna’s Act” for Protection of Native American Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal legislation aimed at protecting Native American women and girls from violence, abduction and human trafficking is named for Savanna Greywind...

9/17/2017

article Tribal leaders want action after Greywind homicide
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders in North Dakota are calling for action after a missing Fargo woman was later found killed. The United Tribes of North Dakota plan to...

9/16/2017

article Tribal leaders call for action after LaFontaine-Greywind's death
(North Dakota) -- The United Tribes of North Dakota are calling on North Dakota’s congressional delegation to take action after the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-...

9/12/2017

article ‘Tears of joy’: LaFontaine-Greywind’s boyfriend gains legal custody of baby
(North Dakota) -- Ashton Matheny, boyfriend of the slain Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, now has full legal custody of their baby girl, Haisley Jo. A Cass...

9/11/2017

article 'She's mine': DNA results confirm the parents of the baby found in suspects' apartment in Fargo
(North Dakota) -- Ashton Matheny, boyfriend of the slain Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, said DNA test results have confirmed that he and LaFontaine-Greywind...
article DNA tests confirm infant belonged to slain Fargo woman
(North Dakota) -- Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby is doing well and in the family’s care after DNA tests confirmed the infant was hers, family members...
article Tribal leaders call for legislation in the wake of the Greywind murder
(North Dakota) -- The Tribal Leaders Summit voted to send a letter to North Dakota’s Congressional delegation concerning the murder of a Fargo woman. Savanna...

9/10/2017

article Savanna Greywind: Dad Shares First Photos Of Baby
(North Dakota) -- Ashton Matheny, the longtime boyfriend of Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind, has shared the first images of their newborn baby, who was cut out of her mother...

9/5/2017

article Why do missing Native American women go unreported?
(Minnesota) -- The funeral for Savanna Greywind — the Fargo woman brutally murdered just weeks before she was to give birth — is set for Thursday. Kayakers...
article Tribal Leaders Summit may adopt Greywind resolution
(North Dakota) -- Those who are attending the 21st annual United Tribes Technical College Tribal Leaders Summit in Bismarck are considering offering a resolution...
article Funeral set for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind
(North Dakota) -- A funeral for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose killing has prompted outpourings of grief around the region, will be this week in Fargo.

9/4/2017

article McFeely: Native American leader right to use Savanna's death to highlight the big picture
(North Dakota) -- Dave Archambault, a Native American leader, is taking a risk by speaking up about the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a Native American victim...
article Neighbor near where Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's body was found reacts
(North Dakota) -- The backyard facing the Red River has always been Lois Aldridge's place of solace. "It's always been a quite neighborhood, a good place to...

9/3/2017

article Editorial: Savanna's death should have us all asking questions
(North Dakota) -- One week ago, on a beautiful late-summer evening, the body of 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was found on the east bank of the Red River north...

8/30/2017

article 'Like her soul is gone': Older sister 'blown away' by charges against Brooke Crews
(North Dakota) -- An older sister of the woman accused in what may be one of the most horrific crimes ever in the Fargo-Moorhead area said she can't believe her...
article ‘She’s my miracle baby’: LaFontaine-Greywind’s boyfriend finally gets to see baby
(North Dakota) -- After 10 days of misery, Ashton Matheny finally got to feel a little joy this week. Matheny, boyfriend of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the pregnant...
article Community members show support at Aberdeen vigil honoring Savanna Greywind
(South Dakota) -- The death of Savanna Greywind has touched people from all over the country. Vigils in Aberdeen and Mobridge both started just a few minutes ago to...
article Hundreds gather to pray for Savanna
(North Dakota) -- Bismarck's Capitol Mall was a sea of red Wednesday evening as hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil to pray for and honor Savanna LaFontaine-...

8/29/2017

article Here's how you can help support the family of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind
(North Dakota) -- Donations for the daughter of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and Ashton Matheny can be made to U.S. Bank in the name of the child, Haisley Jo. Family and...
article Pregnant Fargo woman died from homicidal violence
(North Dakota) -- Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her Fargo apartment earlier this month, died from homicidal...
article Preliminary autopsy results show ‘homicidal violence’ in death of LaFontaine-Greywind
(North Dakota) -- Preliminary results of an autopsy on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the Fargo woman who disappeared while eight months pregnant, show that she died from...
article Vigil honoring LaFontaine-Greywind calls for support, action
(North Dakota) -- Kim Miller and Nina Wichern needed to be there. Miller, of Arvilla, N.D., and Wichern, Grand Forks, were among the hundreds who searched woods, fields...

8/28/2017

article 'Savanna was the victim of a cruel and vicious act of depravity:' Law enforcement releases more information
(North Dakota) -- Law enforcement updated the public Monday, Aug. 28 on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found Sunday in rural Clay County. Suspects William...
article A pregnant woman vanished. Her baby was found alive — while her body was spotted in a river.
(North Dakota) -- Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was expecting to give birth next month. A picture posted on Facebook shows her holding up a pink card as her boyfriend...
article Body of missing Fargo woman found in Red River
(North Dakota) -- Kayakers on the Red River made a grim discovery Sunday evening, Aug. 27, when they came across the body of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. Hundreds of...
article Charges detail couple's alleged motive in Fargo woman's death
(North Dakota) -- When William Hoehn came home to his apartment here on the afternoon of Aug. 19, he said, his girlfriend of three years, Brooke Crews, was cleaning up...
article To heal a wound: Hundreds attend vigil for missing Fargo woman found dead
(North Dakota) -- Hundreds gathered under a waxing moon Monday night, Aug. 28, at Mickelson Field to remember and to pray for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was...

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