RESPECT Act Passes House of Representatives, Will Go To President's Desk for Signing
December 19, 2022
WASHINGTON —The U.S. House of Representatives passed the RESPECT Act on Wednesday after it was introduced earlier this year in the Senate by Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD).
If signed, the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act would abolish 11 outdated federal laws that are related to the treatment of Indians, including provisions on hostile tribes, alcohol, work requirements, penalties for truancy, and placement of youth in reform school without the consent of a parent or guardian.
One of the laws paved the way for the federal government to forcibly removed American Indian children from their families to place them in Indian boarding schools.