PHOENIX, State Capitol – Current members and members-elect of the Arizona Legislative Indigenous Peoples Caucus today released the following statements regarding the murder investigation of Amanda Dakota Webster, a 26-year-old mother of three from Cameron on the Navajo Nation. Webster's life was taken Dec. 2 in Kentucky, where she was employed as a welder. A suspect is in custody.
From Senator Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Window Rock
“Amanda Dakota Webster, of the Diné people, child of Towering House and Bitterwater clans, was a daughter, granddaughter, mother and welder working for the American dream. Our country failed her with the nightmare of hardship and violence, but we cannot fail to act for her three children as they begin their journey of life motherless. Public safety, mental healthcare, social justice and political leadership are all equally up for scrutiny, accountability and change.”
From Senator-elect Victoria Steele, D-Tucson
"We implore the State of Kentucky to fully investigate the death of Amanda Dakota Webster. The lives of Indigenous women are precious and should be honored, not dismissed or disregarded."
From Senator-elect Sally Ann Gonzales, D-Tucson
"We must honor Amanda's life by ensuring that her death is fully investigated, therefore we ask all the Kentucky State authorities to do their jobs to bring justice to Amanda, her three children, her family and community."
From Representative Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle
"My heart goes out to the family of Amanda Webster, especially her sons, as they grieve during this very difficult time. The outpouring of sentiments expressed by those who knew Amanda show that we lost someone very special. May our Creator be with her soul and all those who begin the long road to healing and recovery. We must deliver justice to the neglected epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and ensure perpetrators are held fully accountable for their actions. We owe it to the many families who've suffered great loss."
From Representative Wenona Benally, D-Window Rock
"The Native community has lost another beautiful life, taken tragically by senseless violence. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and children of Amanda Dakota Webster. We call on the state of Kentucky to join us in seeking justice for Amanda’s loved ones. We must continue to seek justice for her and the countless number of Indigenous women and girls whose lives continue to be stolen from us each day."
From Representative-elect Jennifer Jermaine, D-Chandler
"My heart aches for the family of Amanda Webster and the Diné people. We implore the State of Kentucky to fully investigate her murder."
From Representative-elect Myron Tsosie, D-Chinle & Representative-elect Arlando Teller, D- Chinle
"Our sincerest condolences to Ms. Amanda Dakota Webster's Family, especially to her three children. We stand in unity to demand the State of Kentucky seek justice. We will address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. As Diné, we are obligated to care for Ms. Webster's three children and keep them close to our hearts."