U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse and the head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs will conduct a summit on missing and murdered indigenous women Monday.
Newhouse and Tara Sweeney, assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Department of Interior, will meet with representatives of the 29 recognized tribes in the state at the Yakama Nation Cultural Center in Toppenish. Summit attendees will discuss their experience with the crisis and actions being taken by the federal government to address the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women.
Newhouse called for his colleagues to take up the issue during a speech in the House of Representatives in July. During his speech, Newhouse highlighted the case of Rosenda Strong, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation who went missing in October 2018.
Strong’s remains were found in July in an abandoned freezer in a field off U.S. Highway 97 near Toppenish.
President Donald Trump has also signed an executive order to create an interagency task force to look into missing and murdered indigenous women.