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Bill Repealing 11 Anti-Native American Laws Heads To U.S. House

Sen Mike Rounds
Senator Mike Rounds meets with Native American Tribal Relations leaders.

Legislation to repeal 11 federal laws targeting Native Americans is headed to the U.S. House.  

South Dakota Republican Mike Rounds introduced the RESPECT Act in the Senate, where it passed unanimously. The bill has support from the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and the National Congress of American Indians.  

The laws targeted for repeal are discriminatory toward Native Americans. One allows authorities to force Indigenous children into reform schools. Rounds says the outdated laws are appalling and immoral.  

A full list of laws the RESPECT Act would repeal can be found here