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McCollum Statement on House Passage of Commission on Native Children Act

September 12, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the House passed the House amendment to S. 246, the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act by voice vote:

“I am very pleased that the House recognized the importance of understanding and addressing the needs of Native American children by passing this bipartisan bill today.

With Native American children and youth facing higher rates of poverty, violence, and foster care placement and considerably worse health outcomes and educational attainment than other children, it is clear our country has more work to do to support Native American young people.  That is why bringing tribal leaders and tribal youth together within this Commission to help identify solutions is so important.

I was proud to sponsor the House version of this bill with my friend, Representative Tom Cole (R-O.K.), and I appreciate Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)’s leadership on this issue in the Senate. I look forward to the Senate passing this bill and President Obama signing it into law.”