Tribal leaders call for legislation in the wake of the Greywind murder

Sep 11, 2017

United Tribes Technical College president Leander "Russ" McDonald.
Credit United Tribes Technical College

The Tribal Leaders Summit voted to send a letter to North Dakota’s Congressional delegation concerning the murder of a Fargo woman.

Savanna LaFontaine Greywind was eight months pregnant when she disappeared. Her body was found in the Red River. Her live baby was found in her apartment building – in a different apartment.

"We can only hope that legislation will be created to help Native women more than they're protected right now," said United Tribes Technical College president Leander "Russ" McDonald. United Tribes sponsors the annual Tribal leaders summit.

"Native women have been victimized for many years," McDonald said. "This recognizes the need to strengthen laws to protect our Indian women."

Two people face charges in Greywind’s death.