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Bill now includes landless, unrecognized tribes

A bill to require public schools in Washington to teach about Indian culture and history has been changed to ensure landless and non-recognized tribes aren't excluded.

The original version of SHB1495 contained a provision about tribes "whose reservation lands, in whole or in part, are within the boundaries of the school district." The Duwamish Tribe protested because it would be excluded since it lacks a reservation.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. John McCoy (D), a member of the Tulalip Tribes, passed the House and is to be considered by the Senate.

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