South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes Bill Protecting Native American Two-Spirit
February 19, 2021
PIERRE, S.D. - Senate Bill 166 unanimously passed in the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning, making the bill the first time a state government in United States history has approved protections for Native American Two-Spirit individuals.
Native News Online reported on Feb. 16, 2021 that SB 166 includes provisions of existing laws that would protect individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity with specific identification as Native American Two-Spirit.
"Senate Bill 166, an act to revise provisions regarding hate crimes, was voted and passed unanimously today in the Senate Judiciary Committee," said Sen. Red Dawn Foster (Oglala Lakota) to Native News Online.