WASHINGTON, DC (KSWO)– The Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act, co-sponsored by Senator James Lankford, has been adopted by the Senate by unanimous consent.
"Senate passage of the RESPECT Act takes us one step closer to removing old, disgraceful laws that have not been enforced for generations," said Lankford. "I'm grateful to the Senate for passing this bill that addresses the important significance to repeal these outdated, offensive laws."
The bill repeals several outdated, offensive federal laws against Native Americans, including unenforced laws currently in place subjecting Native Americans to forced labor. Specific to Oklahoma, the bill would repeal a 100-year old law that allowed for the forced removal of Native American children from their homes to attend boarding schools without the consent of the child's parents.