ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Navajo Nation is now backing legislation to bring the Amber Alert System to tribes across the United States.
The federal legislation, co-sponsored by New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, is in response to the abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike near Shiprock last year.
Mike’s death raised questions about gaps in communication between tribal and local law enforcement.
It also brought about a lawsuit by Mike’s dad against the Navajo Nation. He said the tribe failed to have an emergency notification system in place that would have saved his daughter’s life.
A panel of tribal lawmakers voted this week in favor of the congressional legislation.