WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Markwayne Mullin’s (OK-02) legislation to prevent Tribal scams passed the House by a vote of 408 to 10. H.R. 1762, the Protecting Indian Tribes from Scams Act would direct the Federal Trade Commission to study the types of predatory schemes that are currently targeting Tribes and Tribal members and create a blueprint for Congress to take action against this fraudulent activity.
Mullin spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 1762. Full video of his remarks can be found here.
Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Madam Speaker, I rise today in full support of my bill, H.R.1762, the Protecting Indian Tribes from Scams Act. This bill will help protect our Tribes and Tribal members from predatory scams.
Tribal communities have long been the targets of fraud. Scammers often target vulnerable communities who receive trust or settlement payments, like many Tribes do. FTC data says that Tribal members are more likely to be the victims of scams and are less likely to report scams than any other group. H.R. 1762 will direct the FTC to study the types of scams that target Tribes and find the ways we can combat them.
This bill passed both the House and the Senate last Congress, but unfortunately did not get signed into law before the end of the Congress. With recent financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that we study these scams and find a way to protect our Tribal members and especially our Tribal elders.
I want to thank my colleague from Arizona, Mr. O’Halleran, for working with me on this issue as well as many others important to Indian Country. I urge my colleagues to support this bill and I yield back the balance of my time.