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Is it true that . . .   The Senate passed a resolution on September 16, 1987 stating that the U.S. Constitution was explicitly modeled upon the Iroquois Constitution?

The answer is no.  However, the Senate did pass a resolution acknowledging the contributions of the Iroquois Confederacy of Nations to the development of our Constitution and reaffirming the continuing government-to-government relationship between Indian tribes and the United States established in the Constitution.  

The facts: Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) introduced S.Con.Res. 76 on September 16, 1987. Representative Morris Udall (D-Arizona) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives as H.Con.Res. 331.  The House agreed to H.Con.Res. 331 on October 4, 1988 by a vote of 408-8, and the Senate agreed to H.Con.Res. 331 by voice vote on October 21, 1988.

Read the text of H.Con.Res. 331 as passed by the Senate and House in 1988.


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