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Governor Ducey Signs Bill To Create A Committee That Will Look Into The Violence Against Native American Women

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Governor Ducey joined tribal leaders, Native American women, police and state lawmakers Tuesday to sign a bill protecting Indian families. The bill takes action against the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women by forming a study committee to find out why so many are being attacked. Ducey said “more than four in five American Indian and Alaska native women have experienced violence in their lifetime.” He added, “in some communities across the U.S., the murder rate of indigenous women is ten times the national average.” The bill will create a new committee, be made up of victims’ families, Native American tribes, law enforcement and victim advocates. The bill passed the state House and Senate earlier this year unanimously.