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Kansans Are Among Hundreds Of Missing Native Americans

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Rep. Ponka-We Victors is the Kansas State Representative for the 103rd district in Wichita.

As of January 2021, nearly 700 American Indian and Alaskan Native people are missing — including three Kansans. Can legislation make a difference?

After having friends and family disappear, Kansas State Rep. Ponka-We Victors is sponsoring a bill for the second consecutive year. It would authorize the Kansas attorney general to coordinate law enforcement training to "help address the high rates of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across America."

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