U.S. Senator Jon Tester demanded answers from federal law enforcement officials during the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic.
Tester had initially requested the hearing back in August.
In addition to representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the National Institute of Justice the hearing featured testimony from native legislators and advocates, including Kimberly Loring HeavyRunner of Missoula.
Ashley HeavyRunner was a 20-year-old member of the Blackfeet Tribe. She disappeared on June 8, 2017. Her sister Kimberly has been looking for Ashley ever since and has become a vocal advocate on this issue.