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State House Passes A Bill That Would Crack Down On Violence Against Native American Women

The state House unanimously passed a bill Monday that would crack down on violence against indigenous women. Senate Bill 1243 establishes a study committee to determine how to reduce and end violence against Native American women in Arizona. Chinle Democrat Arlando Teller says is happy with the legislation, saying “it’s really important that we address this epidemic that’s happening to our sisters, our mothers, our grandmothers, our aunts and our granddaughters.” The bill also includes indigenous females who are missing. The House vote drew a rare, prolonged applause from visitors in the audience.

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