From Gray DC News, Senator Mike Rounds talks about his measure to clean up archaic references & language in federal law as tribes are concerned:
Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act (RESPECT) Act in April. John Flute, Chairman of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe made the case to lawmakers on Capitol Hill during a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. He testified about how these laws impacted his grandfather.
Some of the laws date back to the 1800’s and were used to repeal treaties, withhold Federal money owed to the Tribes, even punish members for consuming alcohol. None of them are actively in use today.
“We don’t have to have archaic laws on the books that reflect very very poorly on how we try to do business with the Native American Communities,” said Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD).
Rounds said overturning these laws is necessary to begin a process of normalizing relationships with the tribes.