Legislation aims to have more tribal control over federal SNAP program


WASHINGTON (KOTA-AM) — 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 tribal sovereignty.

Rounds said the proposal has the support of tribal groups and a 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.