U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

11/19/2019 | Press release | Archived content

Hoeven: Senate Passes Bill Repealing Obsolete Indian Laws

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after S. 2071, Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with TribesAct, was approved by the U.S. Senate.

'The Senate passed S. 2071, a bill that will repeal eleven antiquated and out of date laws relating to Indians. These laws have not been enforced by the Federal government for several decades, and are inconsistent with current Federal policy,' said Hoeven. 'This bill is intended to help mend relations between the Federal government and Indian Tribes, and underscores the importance of respecting that distinct relationship.'

On July 10, 2019, S. 2071, was introduced by Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD), James Lankford (R-OK), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The Committee passed S. 2071 on July 17, 2019. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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