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Battles Brewing Over Proposed
New Tribal Recognition Rules

National Journal, by Billy House

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/23/2014 5:40:19 AM

The Interior Department announced Thursday its long-awaited new rules for granting federal recognition to Native American tribes--but some lawmakers are already seeking changes. Some members of Congress and officials on the state and local levels have been warily bracing for the proposed new rules. Many have been concerned with how far and wide they might open new avenues for tribal casinos or lead to erosion of state tax bases and new battles over historical lands. The new rules by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn would represent the reformation of a 35-year-old process by which the

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pearson365, 5/23/2014 6:28:28 AM     (No. 9858866)

FTA: Federal recognition establishes the U.S. Government as the trustee for tribal lands and resources and makes tribal members and governments eligible for federal budget assistance and program services. In short, this means that the federal authorities will protect their sovereign status, their lands and tribal property, and rights as a dependent nation.

Only 17 tribes out of 566 "tribes" have received this country-within-a-country federal protection. If Obama´s plan to greatly expand this special status is approved, it will further fracture our country by creating the Orwellian situation of "some people are more equal than others". State & local governments would have little to no regulatory or tax authority over these tribal trusts while the federal gov´t is obliged to care for and defend all who claim tribal status. For Obama, this is a perfect way to further transform, meaning destroy, the country.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: John c, 5/23/2014 6:53:38 AM     (No. 9858884)

Not long ago these same agency decided that a whole town belonged to the indians. How nuts are they.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: a6bogie, 5/23/2014 7:04:17 AM     (No. 9858897)

As the sole remaining member of the Hihowrya tribe, this status will allow me to claim my 9 acre reservation a separate and federally protected nation. As king and chief law enforcement officer, I would institute sweeping tax breaks (i.e., none) and establish a toll booth on the county road which passes through a portion of the new nation. Customs inspectors (my dogs) will confiscate any tasty treats they find in travelers vehicles.

Although no casino will be built, a Texas Hold ´em table will be set up at the new rest stop established on the toll road with a pay to view scenic overlook of the toll booth.

Then a new book on my life, a run for congress, yeah that´s the ticket... I´m just getting started.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tyshab, 5/23/2014 7:06:46 AM     (No. 9858902)

All over the country, small towns and villages and land owners are fighting to keep their property in the face of on going lawsuits by ´native american´ tribes. The indians succeeded in Salamanca, NY. People lost everything.
All these rules do is give the indians more legal standing than the people who have bought property, and built homes and business.
This will allow more people to cozy up to the government teat and suck the productive population dry.
This and all other reparation type programs must be stopped.
The sovereign nations do not pay taxes yet they benefit from the programs funded by taxes. If the indians already on ´sovereign´ land are really sovereign then why must the people of the US providing welfare, utilities, education, hospitals, etc. Let the sovereign nation provide these at their own expense.
I think we should also require a passport to allow their entry into our country from their sovereign land.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Catherine, 5/23/2014 7:20:13 AM     (No. 9858910)

The ´native´ Americans are only called so because they happened to be here when Columbus arrived. In fact, European skeleton´s have been found here that predate the ´natives´ by 1000 years. Oh yeah, the ´natives´ claimed them so the anthropologist who found them couldn´t do further study. And in fact it´s very possible the Chinese were here before anyone, and also the Vikings. So this ´native´ thing is as bogus as the supposed slavery in this country today.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ramona, 5/23/2014 7:45:17 AM     (No. 9858928)

No doubt we will soon witness the spectacle of Barry and Madam M turning over their posh Chicago neighborhood to some tribe. To be followed by Hollywood and other progressive celebs.

Rmona (the Pest)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 5/23/2014 9:12:30 AM     (No. 9859034)

No input from our Massachusetts Senator, Dances With Truth?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: shamus, 5/23/2014 9:18:14 AM     (No. 9859044)

Few remember the lost tribe of Waythafukawees.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: oh-heck, 5/23/2014 10:50:00 AM     (No. 9859177)

I was reading something like a month ago about a tribal land decision that had gone to the Supreme Court. As part of the settlement of a long ago Indian war, the tribes had given up any claims to land outside those specified in the settlement. When efforts made by the Indians to reclaim authorities over land decisions went before the Court, it was summarily dismissed. The government has been a horrible steward of monies and properties it manages for the Indians. But they are fellow traveler with the socialists and communists and are always ready with a grievance.

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