Please Track the Progress of the Proposed Native Children Act
Senate Bill S. 1622 – the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act – was introduced to a congressional committee (Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) in the fall of 2013. The U.S. Senate bill proposes to establish a Commission on Native Children in the Office of Tribal Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice, and appoint individuals with significant experience and expertise in Indian affairs to serve on the commission.
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The Commission on Native Children would be required to:
- Conduct a comprehensive study of federal, state, local and tribal programs that serve Native children.
- Use the results of the study and analyses of existing federal data relating to Native children to develop improvements in policy that would integrate the cultural strengths of Native communities and improve the programs, including data-collection efforts and identifying successful models.
- Submit a report to the President, Congress, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs on its findings, conclusions and recommendations for appropriate legislative and administrative action.
This bill was assigned to the committee on October 30, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.
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