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Burgum signs bill creating missing persons' database

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks during an editorial board meeting at the Bismarck Tribune on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK — A bill creating a missing persons' database has been signed by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, his office said Monday, April 8.

House Bill 1313, introduced by Fargo Democratic Rep. Ruth Buffalo, was originally meant to track missing and murdered indigenous people, but it was later expanded. Buffalo is a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

The bill requires the attorney general to implement a "missing person repository."

Burgum already has signed a related bill requiring the state's Human Trafficking Commission to provide law enforcement with training on missing and murdered indigenous people.

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