US senators push nutrition legislation for Native youth

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Federal legislation has been re-introduced to allow tribal governments to administer child nutrition programs in their communities.

The legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto, of Nevada, Tom Udall, of New Mexico, and Tina Smith, of Minnesota, was announced Thursday. All of the Senators are Democrats.

They say tribes are better positioned than federal agencies to know local youths’ nutrition needs.

Many tribes historically have been forced to contend with limited access to affordable and nutritious food.

The lawmakers say that has placed Native American children at risk of facing hunger, diabetes and obesity.

Under the proposed legislation, tribes would administer several programs, including those that provide children with school lunch and breakfast.

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