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RESPECT Act Signed into Law

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 29, 2022
Contact: Dani Henkel,

RESPECT Act Signed into Law

PIERRE, S.D.- On December 27, 2022, the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act (RESPECT) was signed into law by the president. The law will repeal eleven discriminatory federal laws.
Senator Rounds originally introduced the RESPECT Act in 2016. At the time, Cabinet Secretary David Flute was the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe Chairman and testified in favor of the RESPECT Act. Today, Secretary Flute celebrated the passage of the repeal.
“I am happy to see the passage of the RESPECT Act and thank Senator Rounds for his dedication and leadership to take laws out of our federal codes that are outdated and improper towards American Indians.  This approved legislation truly improves reconciliation efforts between our governments,” said Secretary Flute. “I am also grateful to Congressman Johnson and the role he played in getting this legislation passed.”
South Dakota is home to nine tribes, and the repeal of these laws’ aids in rectifying historical wrongs to American Indians.


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