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HR-40 (2021-2022)

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Revised  May 06, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

House Resolution
No. 40


Introduced by Assembly Member Ramos
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Bauer-Kahan, Bennett, Berman, Bigelow, Bloom, Boerner Horvath, Burke, Calderon, Carrillo, Cervantes, Chau, Chen, Chiu, Choi, Cooley, Cooper, Cunningham, Megan Dahle, Daly, Davies, Flora, Fong, Frazier, Friedman, Gabriel, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, Lorena Gonzalez, Gray, Grayson, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kalra, Kiley, Lackey, Lee, Levine, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Nguyen, O’Donnell, Patterson, Petrie-Norris, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Reyes, Luz Rivas, Robert Rivas, Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, Salas, Santiago, Seyarto, Smith, Stone, Ting, Valladares, Villapudua, Voepel, Waldron, Ward, Akilah Weber, Wicks, and Wood)

April 26, 2021


Relative to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Month.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


HR 40, as introduced, Ramos.

WHEREAS, In 2016, 5,712 missing and murdered indigenous cases were reported to the National Crime Information Center; and
WHEREAS, According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the second to seventh leading cause of death for indigenous women; and
WHEREAS, According to a study conducted on behalf of the United States Department of Justice, in some tribal communities, indigenous women face murder rates 10 times higher than the national average. No such study exists for urban areas; and
WHEREAS, Little data exists on the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and data that is available is incomplete and inadequate; and
WHEREAS, The data that does exist on this issue focuses primarily on indigenous women living on reservations, despite approximately 70 percent of native people living in urban cities; and
WHEREAS, According to the first report conducted by the Urban Indian Health Institute in 2018 on missing and murdered indigenous women in urban cities:
(1) In 27 percent of the missing and murdered indigenous women cases, the victims were 18 years of age or younger.
(2) The average age for missing and murdered indigenous women was 29.
(3) California has the sixth highest death rate of indigenous women in urban cities; and
WHEREAS, According to the most recent census data, California has the largest population of American Indians, more than any other state in the country; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California That the Assembly hereby designates the month of May 2021 as California’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
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