Nebraska State Patrol looks to decrease number of unreported missing Native American women
Native American women and girls are among one of the highest unreported missing persons cases in the nation.
It's not just a national issue, for some it hits home right here in Nebraska.
"It's critical that we are raising the justice for the local families and that we're bringing justice for the people who may not have had it in life," activist Colette Yellow Bone said.
A legislative bill passed earlier this year is aiming to bring awareness to the growing issue.
LB 154 requires the Nebraska State Patrol to look into every report of a missing Native American woman.
With the help of tribal police, NSP is hoping the partnership between the two will make all the difference.
"It's going to be one of those key components in this study, is just forming those relationships and opening up the lines of communication. So we can understand what's going on in these communities," Captain Matt Sutter said.
Law enforcement will create a report to identify the factors that lead to missing women not being reported.
Captain Sutter said it could be anything from sexual abuse to human trafficking.
It's an issue that Colette Yellow Bone knows all too well.
"Myself, I'm a very fierce activist because I'm a survivor of abuse and assault myself and I think about all the voices that we have not heard from and there's just no justice being brought to them," Yellow Bone said.
She's lost multiple family members who have yet to be found but she's still hopeful.
Hearing of LB 154 passing and people raising awareness for those voices that were never heard, gives her a sense of pride for the steps Nebraska is taking to make a change.
"What's given me hope is that others are seeing it now. So, that's how I look at it now, it's giving me hope that we're moving forward, for the future," Yellow Bone said.