California ‘Feather Alert’ bill announced to help find missing Native Americans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — On Tuesday, tribal and state officials gathered to announce the creation of AB 1314, created by Assemblyman James C. Ramos, to help end violence against Native Americans.

Through the bipartisan efforts of California officials, this bill will help protect against violence against Native Americans, especially women and girls. According to Assemblyman Ramos’ press release, this would create an endangered notice (EMA) system when Native Americans are in danger.

According to Assemblyman Ramos’ press release, various studies have revealed that there are more than 5,700 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, but only 116 of those cases have been placed on the list of missing persons of the United States Department of Justice.

Considered a feather alert, this bill would notify the public and the media when a person has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. This notification operation would go through the California Highway Patrol, which already manages the Amber Alert and Silver Alert systems.

“My bill, AB 1314, would help us get the word out sooner when someone is missing or in danger by asking the public for advice and leads as soon as possible when quick action is essential. Creating an alert or advisory system was one of the top recommendations from tribal leaders during a May 4 hearing to bring this issue to light,” Assemblyman James C. Ramos said. in a press release.

Nohemi M. Moore