The Basics on the Boarding School Commission Bills

The bill, the summary, co-sponsors and status

The Senate Bill is S. 2907, was introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren and 13 original co-sponsors.

Here is the text and official summary of the bill. Here is the summary provided by the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, which consulted closely with the authors on the wording of the bills.

Status: The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Actions:

  1. Co-sponsors: As of March 16, 2022, there are 22 co-sponsors in addition to the author, Senator Warren. They are listed below, organized by state. Are both of your Senators on the list? If not, bring the bill to their attention and urge them to take a stand in support.
  2. Committee Support: Is either of your Senators a member of the Indian Affairs committee? Have they co-sponsored the bill yet? Let them know of your support for the bill, even if they have already co-sponsored.
Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]
Sen. Padilla, Alex [D-CA]*
Sen. Hickenlooper, John [D-CO]
Sen. Bennet, Michael [D-CO]
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]*
Sen. Hirono, Mazie [D-HI]
Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]*
Sen. Markey, Edward [D-MA]*
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]*
Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN]*
Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]
Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]*
Sen. Rosen, Jacklyn [D-NV]
Sen. Booker, Cory [D-NJ]*
Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]*
Sen. Lujan, Ben [D-NM]*
Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]*
Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]*
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]*
* = original co-sponsors, i.e. they signed on before the bill was introduced.

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In the House, Representative Sharice Davids introduced H.R. 5444, identical to S. 2907, on September 30.

Here is the official (brief) summary of the bill. Here is a more comprehensive summary, prepared by the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, which consulted closely with the authors on the wording of the bills.

Status: H.R. 5444 has been referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and Labor.

Actions:

  1. Co-sponsors: As of March 17, 2022, the bill has 53 co-sponsors plus Rep. Davids. Here are the co-sponsors, organized by state. Is your representative on this list? If not, get in touch with them and urge them to join this bipartisan list of co-sponsors.
  2. Committee Support: Click the links to see whether your representative is on one of these committees. If so, it’s especially important to be in touch with them about this bill, even if they’ve already co-sponsored. If your representative is not listed here, you can find their contact information through www.Congress.gov.
Rep. Davids, Sharice [D-KS-3] (Lead Sponsor)
Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4]* (Co-Lead)
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]*
09/30/2021
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]
03/16/2022
Rep. Grijalva, Raúl M. [D-AZ-3]
10/19/2021
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-2]*
09/30/2021
Rep. O’Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1]
10/08/2021
Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31]
01/25/2022
Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24]
12/14/21
Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46]
10/12/2021
Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]
10/25/2021
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]
10/05/2021
Rep. Harder, Josh [D-CA-10]
11/05/2021
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]*
09/30/2021
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]
10/08/2021
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
10/08/2021
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]
10/28/2021
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]
10/08/2021
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]
11/01/2021
Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2]
11/01/2021
Del. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]
10/08/2021
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]
10/08/2021
Rep. Kahele, Kaiali’i [D-HI-2]*
09/30/2021
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]*
09/30/2021
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]
01/25/2022
Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]
10/12/2021
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5]
10/19/2021
Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13]
10/08/2021
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]*
09/30/2021
Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5]
10/21/2021
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]
02/07/22
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]
10/08/2021
Rep. Leger Fernandez, Teresa [D-NM-3]*
09/30/2021
Rep. Stansbury, Melanie Ann [D-NM-1]
10/12/2021
Rep. Bowman, Jamaal [D-NY-16]
10/21/2021
Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]*
09/30/2021
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]
10/08/2021
Rep. Ross, Deborah K. [D-NC-2]
11/05/2021
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]
10/08/2021
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]
10/08/2021
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]*
09/30/2021
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]
10/21/2021
Rep. Johnson, Dusty [R-SD-At Large]
10/21/2021
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
10/21/2021
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]
10/08/2021
Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9]
10/28/2021
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]
10/21/2021
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]
02/22/22
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]*
09/30/2021
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]
10/19/2021
Rep. Strickland, Marilyn [D-WA-10]
11/15/2021
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]
10/28/2021
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]
10/08/2021
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]*
09/30/2021

* = original co-sponsors