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Noon Newscast 8.19.19: Presidential Forum and Fallen Deputy Honored

A Presidential candidate forum focused on Native American issues underway at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux City.  

The forum is named after Native American activist Frank LeMere of Siouxland who died in June. 

Eight Democratic candidates are speaking in-person at the forum.  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has been dogged by criticism since her claims of Native American ancestry have been disproved, apologized for her actions, saying she had “listened and learned.”  

On another issue, Warren was asked this morning about the large numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States.  Warren says she has been disturbed by the “invisibility of the problem.”

A problem that is not seen is a problem that is not fixed. So, I think of this in two ways, one of them is the importance of the federal government getting serious about collecting data and making those data publicly available.  People need to know the scope of this problem.”  

Senator Warren says establishing better rules about tribal sovereignty would also help with preventing the murder and disappearance of Native American women. 

Warren released a proposal on Friday that addresses areas like criminal justice, health care and education for Native Americans. 

Author Marianne Williamson spoke this morning.  Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will speak this afternoon.  Kamala Harris is set to appear via Skype sometime tomorrow.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will also speak tomorrow along with four other candidates.

Funeral services were held this morning for a northwest Iowa sheriff's deputy who died after her patrol vehicle crashed

Deputy Stephanie Schreurs, who died Tuesday.   

Credit Lyon County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page

She was injured on August 9th when her vehicle ran off the road while entering a sharp curve in Lyon County.  She was flown to a hospital in Sioux Falls.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Schreurs, 24-year veteran of the Lyon County Sheriff's Department.