, 2022-12-25 07:59:20,
WASHINGTON, DC – US Senator Martin Heinrichs (D) and US Rep. Teresa Legere Fernandez (D-N.M.) welcomed President Joe Biden into signing their bipartisan legislation, The Tribal Heritage Property Protection Act (STOP)And the mento wednesday code.
“Now that the President has signed the STOP Act into law, I look forward to working with the Biden Administration to implement this bipartisan legislation to ban the export of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for theft and illegal trafficking of tribal cultural heritage,” Heinrich said. “For years, I have been working in close partnership with the Pueblos of New Mexico, the Jicarilla and Mescalero Apache Nations, the Navajo Nation, and tribes across India to stop the trade in culturally significant items and return stolen, illegally trafficked pieces to rightful owners. With this new law, we have taken an important step forward in stopping the illegal and immoral theft of items that tribes have identified as essential and sacred pieces of their cultural heritage.”
“Today is a historic date for tribal nations — from New Mexico to Alaska to Hawaii — that President Biden signed into law HR 2930, Protect Tribal Objects of Heritage or Stop Act,” Leger-Fernandez said. “While the United States has laws to protect the cultural property of other countries, even the STOP Act, we have had no law to stop the export of indigenous people…
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