Rounds’ RESPECT Act passes out of Senate with unanimous vote
WASHINGTON — Senator Mike Rounds’ bill that would repeal outdated or discriminatory laws targeting Native Americans is one step closer to becoming law.
The RESPECT Act – or Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act – has been passed by the Senate in a unanimous vote.
The bill would repeal 11 outdated federal laws, including laws that withhold payments to “intoxicated Indians,” withhold rations due to nonattendance at school, and involve the forcible relocation of Native children to Indian boarding schools.
The bill now goes to the House, where companion legislation was introduced last month by Rep. Dusty Johnson and others.
The RESPECT Act has the support of both the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association and the National Congress of American Indians.