Despite the many challenges we’ve seen this session, we have an important win to celebrate. HB 18, sponsored by Rep. Tyson Running Wolf (D-Browning), will invest in training for community-based teams who will respond quickly to instances of missing indigenous people (MMIP). This bill, which recognizes the urgent need for funds and faster response times to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people, has passed through both chambers and now sits on the Governor’s desk, where we expect it to be signed into law.
Northern Plains board member Tom Mexicancheyenne testified in support of this bill in our very first member testimony this session. We are grateful to Tom for his testimony and admire the leadership of Rep. Running Wolf in successfully passing this important bill.