SCHATZ: BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP PROTECT NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE SET TO BECOME LAW

Senate-Passed STOP Act Strengthens Federal Protections For Tribal, Native Hawaiian Cultural Items
Nov 29, 2022

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2022

 

Contact:

Manu Tupper or Mike Inacay (Schatz) at press@indian.senate.gov

 

Schatz: Bipartisan Bill To Help Protect Native American Cultural Heritage Set To Become Law

 

Senate-Passed STOP Act Strengthens Federal Protections For Tribal, Native Hawaiian Cultural Items

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on Senate passage of H.R. 2930, the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act of 2021. The Committee favorably reported the bill’s Senate companion last year.

 

“For too long, the export and sale of sacred and culturally significant items from Native peoples in Hawaiʻi, Alaska, and across Indian Country has deprived these communities of their own history and heritage,” said Chairman Schatz. “Our bill will help stop the black market trafficking of these items and bring them home.”

 

The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

 

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