Legislation passed to bring Amber Alert system to reservations


Last updated 5/21/2018 at 2:13pm

Tristan Ettleman/Cronkite News

Family and community members spoke at a news conference announcing Congress had passed an Amber Alert system on Native American reservations named for Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted and killed in 2016. The bill awaits the signature of President Donald Trump.

PHOENIX-Congress has passed legislation that brings the Amber Alert system for abducted or missing children to Native American reservations, a move to prevent deaths like those of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike.

Ashlynne's parents and Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., advocated for the Ashlynne Mike Amber Alert in Indian Country Act to close a loophole in the system's funding that left tribes ineligible for support, he said at a news conference at the state capitol. The measure awaits President Donald Trump's signature.

Supporters of the bill, named after a Navajo girl who was abducted and killed in May...

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