Gov. Dunleavy vows to help stop crimes on native women

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A coalition of Alaska Native groups urged the Governor to push for funding and investigate the deaths and disappearance of indigenous women in the state.

    Dunleavy said public safety in Alaska is broken and he is committed to fixing the problem.

    The coalition had sent him a letter asking for additional funding to do the investigations.  Native women experience some of the highest rates of rape, domestic violence and murder in the nation.  Hundreds are on the national data base for missing women.

    The Department of Public Safety is expected to submit a recommendation to the Governor in the near future on how best to handle the issue.

     

     

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