PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Identification cards issued by tribal governments would be valid at South Dakota businesses under a measure unanimously approved Thursday by the state Senate.
“This is strictly about acts of commerce using tribal ID cards,” Senate Democratic leader Troy Heinert of Mission said. He is a Rosebud Sioux tribal member.
He asked why tribal IDs are recognized by governments but aren’t uniformly recognized by businesses.
Senator Jordan Youngberg, a Madison Republican, asked how tribes validate dates of birth.
Heinert said tribal members must use their state-issued birth certificates and prove, by blood, four generations of tribal heritage.
“So we have a very distinct track of who we are,” Heinert said.
Youngberg asked for other senators to support the bill. The vote was 31-0.
SB 146 now goes to the House of Representatives for further action.
The bill includes this statement: “Reasonable reliance upon a tribal identification card as proof of age of the purchaser or the recipient of an age-restricted product is a complete defense to any action brought against a person for the sale or distribution of a product that is subject to state or federal age-related purchase and possession restrictions.”
That would cover activities such as purchasing or possessing alcohol and tobacco and various forms of legal gambling.