News Release

Western Native Voice

Western Native Voice is proud to announce that Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Senator, Jason Small, has passed the Montana Senate on a vote of 43-7. Senate Bill 4 would extend the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Taskforce for another two years. By extending this task force, the Montana Legislature would help our tribes bring back our missing brothers and sisters.

Western Native Voice’s Political Director, Keaton Sunchild, who has been testifying on this bill stated,Senate Bill 4 passing the Senate is a great first step towards continuing the hard work of bringing our missing brothers and sisters home. The MMIP task force has been a proven way of starting to make real progress here in Montana and I look forward to working with the members of the House to ensure this bill passes." 

Pictured: Pictured testifying is Keaton Sunchild, Western Native Voice Political Director.

Pictured: Pictured testifying is Keaton Sunchild, Western Native Voice Political Director.

Senate Bill 4 will now move to the Montana House of Representatives where Western Native Voice and others will work to pass it out of this chamber on to the Governor’s desk to be signed back into law.

Western Native Voice encourages everyone to stay involved in the state legislative process as we work with our allies to speak on behalf of our tribal communities and the issues that impact us. Follow along with the legislative safely by visiting www.leg.mt.gov for live streams during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

About Western Native Voice

Western Native Voice is a non-profit, non-partisan social justice organization working to inspire Native leadership through community organizing, education, leadership, and advocacy. With 7% of Montana’s population being Native American living almost evenly split between reservation and urban areas, Western Native Voice organizes in both rural and urban communities using a culturally tailored community organizing and citizen education model to build Native leadership.

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