Barrasso: Congress has passed bill to protect Native Children

(Washington, D.C.) - Congress has passed a piece of legislation that amends the Native American Children's Safety Act to require background checks before foster care placements in Tribal Court actions. The legislation, sponsored by North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, was reported out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired by Wyoming Junior Senator John Barrasso. The bill, S.184 , passed the senate on June 1, 2015, and passed the house on Monday. “Protecting Native children is paramount,” said Barrasso. “Requiring background checks for potential foster care parents of Indian children is just common sense." The bill now goes to the President's desk. #county10 #dally #news