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Networking and Collaboration at Fort McDowell

October 29, 2018

Dialogue, networking and collaboration at Fort McDowell, Arizona, mark the commencement of AMBER Alert training and technical assistance under the 2018 Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert Indian Country law. Tribal leaders, law enforcement, and child protection advocates came together September 25-26 in Fort McDowell, Arizona, to learn, dialogue and network at the inaugural session of what […]


Ashlynne’s Law AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2018

October 20, 2018

With the passage of this important legislation, the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program is hard at work moving the law into action. A law born out of the tragic abduction and murder of eleven-year-old Ashlynne Mike of the Navajo Nation endeavors to bring increased law enforcement coordination, new and expanded resources, and renewed […]


2018 Missing Children’s Day Artwork Dedication

August 29, 2018

Artwork dedicated to Native American victim at the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day ceremony Near the steps of the Great Hall of Justice in Washington D.C., a work of art was displayed for all who took part in the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day ceremony. The painting depicts a sorrowful Native American girl holding a […]


President Trump signs bill to improve AMBER Alerts on tribal lands

August 22, 2018

President Donald Trump signed into law a bill on April 13, 2018, that expands the AMBER Alert system to tribal communities. The passage of this legislation comes nearly two years after eleven-year-old Ashlynne Mike was sexually assaulted and murdered on the Navajo Nation reservation in New Mexico. The Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country […]


2018 National Symposium Indian Country Participation

August 21, 2018

A surviving family’s perspective: Pamela Foster, mother of Ashlynne Mike “May 2018 marks the second year of living without my beautiful daughter, who will never make it home.” Pamela Foster expressed how with each anniversary of Ashlynne’s murder, she relives the nightmare, experiencing again the feeling of being crushed to the core. Even now, she […]


Navajo AMBER Alert System is Now Operating

April 29, 2018

The Navajo Nation can now issue its own AMBER Alerts when a child is abducted on tribal lands. The AMBER Alert system is in effect for the eleven counties that cover the reservation in Arizona and Utah. According to Harlan Cleveland, Emergency Coordinator and Acting Director for the Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management, the […]


‘Savanna’s Law’ Proposed as a Way to Find Missing Women and Children in Indian Country

April 28, 2018

U.S. senators from New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota are sponsoring the ‘Savannah’s Law’ bill requiring the federal government to take a more active role in addressing and combating the needlessly high rates of violence experienced by Native America women. The bill is named after 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a member of the Spirit Lake […]


Mother of Ashlynne Mike Attends President Trump’s State of the Union Address

April 1, 2018

Pamela Foster, the mother of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation reservation in May 2016, attended President Trump’s first State of the Union address on January 30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. She was joined by Arizona lawmakers and law enforcement officials who successfully championed the AMBER Alert in Indian […]


AMBER Alert in Indian Country Legislation Passes

March 1, 2018

The following press release was originally posted here: https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=D8F87771-66A8-47F5-9F83-E598051004BE Washington, D.C. ­– Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, legislation introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in the Senate that would expand the AMBER Alert child abduction warning system on Native American reservations. Specifically, the legislation would clarify […]


Justice for Ashlynne

October 29, 2017

NATIVE AMERICAN GIRL’S DEATH MAY SAVE COUNTLESS LIVES All eleven-year-old Ashlynne Mike and her nine-year-old brother Ian did was accept a ride home from their school’s bus stop in Lower Fruitlands, Arizona. When it was over, Ashlynne had been raped and murdered and her brother Ian was left wandering in the desert. On October 27, […]