Rep. Kevin Cramer joins 2 ND Senators to fight to try to keep kids safe on Indian Reservations
Congressman Kevin Cramer is joining North Dakota's two senators in offering legislation to help protect children on Indian Reservations. Congressman Cramer says he wants to make sure no children are placed in harms way on Indian Reservations.
Cramer introduced the "Native American Children's Safety Act" in the House of Representatives. Senator John Hoeven introduced a version of the same bill in the Senate in April.
The proposed law would ensure background checks are performed on all adults in a home before a tribal court can place a foster child in that home.
There is currently no universal standard for foster homes on tribal lands.
Cramer says the bill would create the same standard for every child in the country, both on and off reservations.
Rep. Kevin Cramer said, "It requires a national criminal background check as well as a check in multiple states that they used to live in to make sure there's no child abuse or neglect in their history."
North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is also pushing for legislation to help kids on reservations. Earlier this year she introduced a bill to create a commission to study issues facing native children.