U-S Senator Tina Smith plans to take what she learned from a discussion with advocates at the State Capitol Tuesday to Washington in an effort to better seek justice for Native American victims of violence.

“The research shows that 56% of native women are going to be the victim of sexual violence at some point in their lives–that’s incredible–that’s not a small issue, this is a significant issue.”

Senator Smith serves on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and is a sponsor of Savanna’s Act, which is named after Savanna Greywind, a pregnant 22-year-old North Dakota woman who was brutally murdered in 2017. The bill would create one standard for investigations and increase access to federal missing person databases.