President Trump signs bill to improve AMBER Alerts on tribal lands

AMBER Advocate | August 22, 2018

President Donald Trump signed into law a bill on April 13, 2018, that expands the AMBER Alert system to tribal communities. The passage of this legislation comes nearly two years after eleven-year-old Ashlynne Mike was sexually assaulted and murdered on the Navajo Nation reservation in New Mexico. The Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country […]

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AMBER Advocate | August 21, 2018

A surviving family’s perspective: Pamela Foster, mother of Ashlynne Mike “May 2018 marks the second year of living without my beautiful daughter, who will never make it home.” Pamela Foster expressed how with each anniversary of Ashlynne’s murder, she relives the nightmare, experiencing again the feeling of being crushed to the core. Even now, she […]

Navajo AMBER Alert System is Now Operating

AMBER Advocate | April 29, 2018

The Navajo Nation can now issue its own AMBER Alerts when a child is abducted on tribal lands. The AMBER Alert system is in effect for the eleven counties that cover the reservation in Arizona and Utah. According to Harlan Cleveland, Emergency Coordinator and Acting Director for the Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management, the […]

‘Savanna’s Law’ Proposed as a Way to Find Missing Women and Children in Indian Country

AMBER Advocate | April 28, 2018

U.S. senators from New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota are sponsoring the ‘Savannah’s Law’ bill requiring the federal government to take a more active role in addressing and combating the needlessly high rates of violence experienced by Native America women. The bill is named after 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a member of the Spirit Lake […]

Mother of Ashlynne Mike Attends President Trump’s State of the Union Address

AMBER Advocate | April 1, 2018

Pamela Foster, the mother of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation reservation in May 2016, attended President Trump’s first State of the Union address on January 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. She was joined by Arizona lawmakers and law enforcement officials who successfully championed the AMBER Alert in Indian […]

AMBER Alert in Indian Country Legislation Passes

AMBER Advocate | March 1, 2018

The following press release was originally posted here: https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=D8F87771-66A8-47F5-9F83-E598051004BE Washington, D.C. ­– Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, legislation introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in the Senate that would expand the AMBER Alert child abduction warning system on Native American reservations. Specifically, the legislation would clarify […]

Justice for Ashlynne

AMBER Advocate | October 29, 2017

NATIVE AMERICAN GIRL’S DEATH MAY SAVE COUNTLESS LIVES All eleven-year-old Ashlynne Mike and her nine-year-old brother Ian did was accept a ride home from their school’s bus stop in Lower Fruitlands, Arizona. When it was over, Ashlynne had been raped and murdered and her brother Ian was left wandering in the desert. On October 27, […]

NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH ILLUMINATES THE PATH TO PROTECTING CHILDREN IN INDIAN COUNTRY

AMBER Advocate | August 29, 2017

It took only a few minutes for 10-year old Ashton Fish to express for everyone at the 2017 AMBER Alert Symposium, through both word and dance, why everything possible must be done to protect missing and abducted children in Indian Country. “I want to be the voice for all the Indian children,” said Fish. “I […]

Congressman Biggs Introduces the “AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017”

AMBER Advocate | May 25, 2017

Press Release “No child – regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, or birthplace – should be outside the protection and jurisdiction of such a vital security resource” Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017. This legislation closes a loophole in the original AMBER Alert authorization that […]

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF PROGRAM TO ENHANCE TRIBAL ACCESS TO NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION DATABASES

AMBER Advocate | October 24, 2016

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF PROGRAM TO ENHANCE TRIBAL ACCESS TO NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION DATABASES Department of Justice Tribal Access Program Will Continue to Improve the Exchange of Critical Data WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice is expanding the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information which provides federally-recognized tribes access to national crime information […]