Identical Bills to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Introduced

The Not Invisible Act of 2019, S. 982, is a bipartisan bill introduced on April 2, 2019 by Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jon Tester (D-MT), that seeks to engage law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, and service providers to respond to the crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked indigenous people.  The bill also would create an advisory committee to the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice, comprised of tribal, local, and federal stakeholders. The committee would make recommendations on best practices to combat violent crimes, specifically including missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans and Alaska Natives and to fill gaps in services for victims of violent crimes.  The text is available at

On May 1, 2019 Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM01), joined by 16 others including Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK4), Sharice Davids (D-KS3), and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK2), introduced an identical companion measure in the House, H.R. 2438, the Not Invisible Act of 2019. Full text of the bill is at