Alaska Congressman Don Young’s ‘Native American Child Protection Act’ passes House

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 4:10 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The bill known as “The Native American Child Protection Act” introduced by Congressman Don Young has passed in the U.S. House this week.

The bill will seek to provide proper funding and reauthorize programs originally formed by the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Protection Act.

The act establishes a new National Indian Resource Services Center to provide tribes with technical assistance, advice, and training on addressing child abuse, family violence, and child neglect. It will also support efforts to improve intergovernmental coordination between federal and Tribal personnel responding to those issues, as well as provide grants for treatment programs and the hiring of caseworkers.

Congressman Young spoke in support of the bill on the House floor saying, “We hope the victims will have better services than they’ve had in the past and I congratulate the author of this legislation, me being sponsor to the legislation also. This is a good bill and I urge the passage of this bill and all my colleagues understand - let’s do the job we were told to do when we became trustees of the Indigenous people of this great nation of ours.”

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