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House Lawmakers Unanimously Call For Committee On Violence Against Native Women

The Arizona House of Representatives unanimously voted to form a committee addressing violence against Native American women.

American Indian women are murdered and go missing at disproportionately high rates and more than half have experienced sexual violence. According to the Urban Indian Health Institute, Arizona had the third highest number of missing or murdered Native women.

“Thank you for your support,” said Rep. Arlando Teller, addressing the 22 tribal advocates who attended Monday’s vote. “This is very important for us to address what is happening, what is going on here.”

The billnow heads to the state Senate. If signed into law, it would create a task force to research the reasons behind violence, gather data and present a report with recommendations in November.

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Claire Caulfield first joined KJZZ as an intern in 2015 and now wakes up before the sun to produce and report for Morning Edition. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017 and covered education policy in the nation's capital, election night in New York City and Native American issues for Cronkite News/ Arizona PBS. Before joining the Morning Edition team, she also worked on a documentary about rap music in the deep South and directed a film on drinking-water quality in the United States.On the weekends, you can find Claire flying her photography drone or working her way through the Pulitzer Prize book list.