WHEREAS, In 2016, 5,712 missing and murdered indigenous cases were reported to the National Crime Information Center; and
WHEREAS, According to the 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, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates the month of May 2019 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.