Senate Indian Affairs Committee unanimously votes to advance RESPECT Act out of committee

WASHINGTON — The Senate Indian Affairs Committee unanimously voted to advance the RESPECT Act out of committee.

Senator Mike rounds and Congressman Dusty Johnson are among the sponsors of a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would repeal antiquated discriminatory laws against Native Americans.

Among the laws that would be repealed are those which allow for the forced removal of native children from their homes to be sent to boarding schools, as well as laws subjecting Native Americans into forced labor.

“We’re pleased to see our RESPECT legislation advance quickly through the Senate.” Senator Rounds said in a statement, “I thank Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Vice Chairman Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and the members of the committee for their support of our commonsense bill. Now that it has moved out of the committee, I’m looking forward to its consideration before the full Senate soon so we can finally remove these offensive, racist laws from the books once and for all.”

The RESPECT Act was approved by the Senate in the last congress, but the house ran out of time to take a vote.

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