Published March 3, 2019
LINCOLN, Neb. — A bill that requires the Nebraska State Patrol to identify the number of missing person cases involving Native American women passed the Nebraska legislature by a 45-0 vote on Friday.
This bill is considered a victory for the Nebraska-based federally recognized tribes: Santee Sioux Nation, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Patrol would be required to work with tribal and local law enforcement, American Indian tribes and organizations, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice.
The bill now heads to Gov. Pete Rickett’s desk for approval.
Additionally, the bill would require the Nebraska State Patrol to file a report to lawmakers by June 1, 2020.