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Bill cutting Cherokee Nation funds faces vote
Monday, July 30, 2007
Filed Under: Law | National | Politics

A bill that cuts federal housing funds to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma could be voted on early this week, The Muskogee Phoenix reports.

H.R. 3002, Native American Economic Development and Infrastructure for Housing Act of 2007 creates an economic development and infrastructure program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development program. An amendment amendment [PDF] bars the tribe from participating until it restores citizenship to the Freedmen, who are the descendants of former slaves.

Meanwhile, a bill to eliminate all federal funds to the tribe has gained more co-sponsors, including Rep. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa) and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), a presidential contender. Both have been supportive of tribal issues.

H.R. 2824 is sponsored by Rep. Diane Watson (D-California). In August, she will hold town hall meetings in Muskogee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa to support the Freedmen.

Get the Story:
House could vote to cut funding (The Muskogee Phoenix 7/30)

BIA Letters:
July 11, 2007 | June 22, 2007 | May 21, 2007 | March 28, 2007 | August 30, 2006

Sovereign Immunity Court Decision:
Vann v. Kempthorne (December 19, 2006)

Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal Decision in Freedmen Case:
Allen v. Cherokee Nation (March 7, 2006)

Relevant Links:
Cherokee Nation - http://www.cherokee.org
Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes - http://www.freedmen5tribes.com
Freedmen Conference - http://www.freedmenconference.com

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