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Missing Native Americans | Kansas City Monarchs Revived

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The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Kansas City Monarchs disbanded in 1965 but their place in baseball history will be honored as a new franchise will carry the storied team's name.

A Kansas lawmaker is working to focus attention on the hundreds of indigenous people that have gone missing and the revered team from the Negro Leagues era will see its name on players' jerseys in 2021.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:04: A new bill would authorize the Kansas attorney general to coordinate law enforcement training on missing and murdered indigenous people.

As of January 2021, nearly 700 American Indian and Alaskan Native people are missing, including three Kansans. Native American and State Rep. Ponka-We Victors has had friends and family disappear. So, for the second consecutive year, Victors is sponsoring a bill to "help address the high rates of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across America."

Segment 2, beginning at 30:47: In a deal with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, a team from the American Association will take on the Monarchs name.

The team formerly known as the Kansas City T-Bones ran into problems paying its rent and utility bills and was evicted from its home field in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Now under new ownership, the organization made a deal with the museum to change its name and tell the story of the preeminent and longest-playing team of the Negro Leagues.

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