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Please call your Rep in support of Tribal Law and Order Act today!

July 20, 2010

The Tribal Law and Order Act (H.R. 1924), developed in consultation with Native Americans, takes steps to improve public safety across Indian Country, where the average crime rate is 2.5 times the national average. In an exciting success, the Tribal Law and Order Act recently passed the Senate as an amendment to the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act (H.R. 725). This legislation is expected to come up for a vote in the House as soon as tomorrow. Passage of this bill in both the House and Senate would be a tremendous success, and a wonderful step toward making Indian Country safer.

In order to give this bill the best possible chance for success, would you call your representative today and urge him or her to support the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Acts, which includes the Tribal Law and order Act when it comes to the House floor within the next couple of days? You can find  your representative’s name and contact information by entering your zip code on the “Contact Congress” page of FCNL’s website.

For more information on the bill, you can read a summary of the Tribal Law and Order Act (as passed by the Senate), click here.

To read the sign-on letter signed by FCNL and over a dozen other faith groups in support of the Tribal Law and Order Act, click here.

If you do make this important phone call, please send me an email or leave a comment on this post and let me know how the office responded (e.g. did they mention if the Congressman had a position or give any indication of how he might vote?).

Thanks for all your support!

-Inez Steigerwald (inez@fcnl.org), Program Assistant for Native American Affairs

Update: H.R. 725, including the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act and the Tribal Law and Order Act, passed the House under suspension of the rules by a roll call vote with a greater than 2/3 majority! Though there was some concern at potentially passing such an important bill on the suspensions calendar (where discussion is limited to 40 minutes and no amendments are allowed), an overwhelming majority ultimately supported the bill. The bill enjoyed bipartisan support in the House as it did in the Senate, and now awaits the president’s signature to become law.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Joanne Baek permalink
    July 20, 2010 10:48 pm

    I sent an email as it is after 5pm in Washington now, but I noted that your system selected text that indicated Rep. Lujan was a cosponsor of the bill, so the available text prompted thanking him for that. I edited the message to be timely.

  2. July 21, 2010 1:54 pm

    Thanks for your support! The bill is on the schedule for today and I will update when the results are in!

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