Summary: To enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (Partisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 7/24/19.
STATUS: Introduced 7/18/19 by Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] .
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “The theft of Tribal heritage items has been a reprehensible injustice for far too long,” said Luján. “I’m proud to work with Sen. Martin Heinrich to move forward legislation to prohibit the exploitation of sacred Native items by outlawing their exportation and increasing penalties for those who traffic in cultural patrimony. We have a responsibility to lend our voices to Native communities seeking to safeguard their heritage, sovereignty, and knowledge, and the introduction of this legislation is an important step. I am hopeful that the immense bipartisan and bicameral support will build momentum for this critical piece of legislation and that honoring our trust responsibility to Tribes will continue to be a priority for this Congress.” (Source: Rep. Lujan, Press Release, 7/18/19)