‘Long overdue’: Senate passes bill for Native veterans organization
Charter for National American Indian Veterans is decades in the making.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan bill to advance the work of a Native veterans organization is inching toward final passage as the 117th Congress winds down.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed S.1725 to grant a Congressional charter for the National American Indian Veterans, Inc. (NAIV) organization. The bill was approved by unanimous consent, meaning it had the support of the entire chamber.
“We are one step closer to giving our Native American veterans the recognition they truly deserve and have earned,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), the sponsor of S.1752, said on Monday following passage of his bill. “There are many Congressionally chartered veterans service organizations, but none that solely represent the interests and needs of Native American veterans. Our bill would change that by recognizing the mission and authority of the NAIV with a Congressional charter.”