For Immediate Release
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
Oklahoma Democratic Party Pleased on Bipartisan Passing of Ida’s Law
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, APRIL 13, 2021 – The Oklahoma Democratic Party is pleased with the overwhelming passing of Ida’s Law, where the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will create an Office of Liaison to oversee cases of missing and murdered indigenous people. The Office of Liaison will work alongside tribal communities and consist of an experienced missing persons specialist.
Ida’s Law, introduced by Representative Mickey Dollens, D-Oklahoma City, is named in honor of Ida Beard, a Cheyenne and Arapaho citizen missing since 2015.
“It’s encouraging to see the coordinated efforts by lawmakers to work together on behalf of missing and murdered indigenous people,” declared Alicia Andrews, Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.
“Oklahoma has the highest rate of missing or murdered Native American women in the country, and I am pleased that our legislators understood the need for a better response to missing Native Americans,” Andrews continued.
“Oklahoma Lawmakers have done their job. Ida’s Law is now headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. The Oklahoma Democratic Party hopes that Governor Stitt will do the right thing and immediately, without any delay, sign this bill into law,” concluded Andrews.
For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.