Amber Alert system expanding to Native American reservations

Published: Apr. 19, 2018 at 11:50 PM PDT
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President Donald Trump signed into law called the "Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act" last week that will expand the AMBER Alert child abduction warning system on Native American reservations.

The bill came about after Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year old Navajo girl from New Mexico who was abducted and murdered in 2016.

What was even more frustrating for Mike's family as authorities didn't issue am amber alert until the day after family members reporter her abducted.

The bill was co-sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

The U.S. Department of Justice currently operates a pilot program that offers AMBER Alert training services to Native American tribes, but the "Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act" makes that program permanent.