-C.J. Keene, News Director
South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds has introduced legislation for tribal entities to have more self-control over how federal food assistance programs are utilized in their borders.
Rounds said the SNAP Tribal Food Sovereignty Act respects the tribal right to self-govern.
Rounds said the proposal has the support of tribal groups and lawmakers across the aisle.
Rounds said time will tell if the proposal has legs in Congress.
Roughly one-quarter of Native people in America receive some form of federal food assistance according to numbers cited by Rounds. Rounds is joined by Democratic Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota in sponsoring the legislation.