McCain Introduces Bill To Expand Amber Alert On Reservations

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:00am
Updated: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:05am

U.S. Sen. John McCain introduced legislation that would expand the Amber Alert system on reservations. The Amber Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017 was crafted after a little girl was abducted and murdered last year.

It took authorities several hours to issue an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike after she was kidnapped by Tom Begay Jr. There was sharp criticism over how long it took to issue the alert.

Currently, the Department of Justice operates a pilot program that offers Amber Alert training services to Native American tribes. McCain’s bill would make that initiative permanent.

The bill would also re-authorize the DOJ grant program that helps state and local governments develop and implement Amber Alert communication plans. And it would also require the DOJ to perform a needs-assessment of Amber Alert capabilities on reservations.

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