Native American tribe becomes first to pass hate crime law protecting LGBT people

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09/30/2019

The Oglala Sioux Tribe may have become the first Native American tribe to introduce a hate crime law protecting LGBT+ and two spirit people. There is no comprehensive data on law codes for the 573 federally recognised American Indian tribes, but Indian Country Today reported that it could not find any other hate crime laws that specifically mention LGBT+ and two spirit people. The Oglala Sioux tribal council voted in favour of the law in a council meeting earlier this month. Under tribal law, hate crimes committed by people of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are now punishable by up to one year in jail.

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