Friday, March 9, 2018

The AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act

House Gives Final OK to Bill Extending AMBER Alerts to Indian Country

Until now, tribal law enforcement agencies had to work through state and local police agencies to post an AMBER alert.  This bill is sponsored by Senator McCain of Arizona, and was sparked by the May 2016 abduction of Ashlynne Mike, an eleven year old Navajo girl; an alert was not posted until the day her body was found.  The AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act will give tribes direct access to funds letting them quickly post AMBER alerts by text messaging, radio, and television.

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