Sen. James Lankford targets racist language in Oklahoma laws

U.S. Sen. James Lankford

A bill that would eliminate 11 unenforced federal laws that Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford said he was “embarrassed” exist has been approved by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Lankford, a co-sponsor of the bill, said eliminating the laws is long overdue.

“Some of the statutes that are still on federal books are things like you cannot pay a Native American if they’re under the influence of intoxicating liquor, that you can actually force people that are Native Americans into forced labor, that their children could be taken from them without parental consent and put into boarding schools,” Lankford, a Republican, said at the committee meeting in March.

“I’m embarrassed that we as a nation ever had these laws on the books. I’m really embarrassed that they are still on the books.”

Source: USA Today – Breaking News

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