The House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States held a hearing on May 20 to discuss two bills, including the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act (H.R. 2930/S. 1471). This bipartisan, bicameral legislation endorsed by the National Trust would strengthen laws aimed at preventing trafficking in Native American cultural items and facilitate the voluntary return of sacred and cultural items. Witnesses at the hearing included the Honorable Brian D. Vallo, the Governor of Pueblo of Acoma—a National Trust site in New Mexico—where he testified in support of the bill. We encourage you to contact your members of Congress in the House and Senate to support this legislation.
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