What is it?
This bill seeks to find solutions to the unique challenges faced by Native American children. If passed, it would establish a “Commission on Native Children” to study the impact of currently available programs, grants, and support systems.
The goal of the study would be to develop a comprehensive, unified system to meet the needs of Native youth. The proposed Commission would be composed of experts in education, social work, juvenile justice, and mental and physical health. In order to best consider the needs of these children, the Commission would also include a Native Children Subcommittee of one young representative from each Bureau of Indian Affairs service area and one Native Hawaiian.
After three years, the Commission would report its findings that would include how to better allocate federal resources, increase communication between federal and tribal governments, measure the impact of programs, and develop models for successful programs.
“The federal government pledged long ago to protect Native families and children. We haven’t lived up to that promise. But we can change that.