WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday proposed a sprawling set of policies relating to Native Americans and indigenous tribes, accusing the federal government of years of neglect and calling for major economic development initiatives and new legal protections that would give tribes more control over criminal justice and development on their land.
Warren proposed wholesale changes in the way the federal government interacts with Native American tribes. She pledged to revoke the permits for major pipelines whose construction has touched off extensive protests among indigenous groups, and called for a cabinet-level White House council on Native American affairs.
The proposal also calls for an “unprecedented initiative” to address the crisis of murdered and missing indigenous women. It includes a sweeping proposal to fund “unmet needs” for Native Americans through an act of Congress, which she is proposing with Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, who has endorsed her.
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