Sinema-Cosponsored Bill to Protect More AZ Kids with AMBER Alert System Becomes Law

New law expands AMBER Alert program to tribal communities, helps authorities locate missing Native American children

Today, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05) to protect Native American children was signed into law. The legislation, the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, closes a gap in the AMBER Alert system by expanding the program to tribal communities, ensuring a more comprehensive response to reports of missing children in Arizona.  

“Every Arizona parent should know we will leave no stone unturned to bring a missing child home, regardless of where he or she lives,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Right now, tribal communities in our state don’t have access to AMBER Alerts, an essential tool to find missing kids. We worked across the aisle to bring AMBER Alerts to tribal lands and help save young lives with this commonsense new law.”

In 2016, 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike was kidnapped and murdered in the Navajo Nation. Since Navajo tribal authorities lacked access to the AMBER Alerts system, it took hours for an alert to be issued by state government. The Sinema-cosponsored bill allows tribal nations to notify the public as soon as authorities know a child is in danger.

More than 7,700 Native American children are listed as missing across the United States, according to the FBI.