Friday, May 23, 2008

Barney Frank sides with Congressional Black Caucus in withholding Cherokee Funds.

Frank sides with CBC, holds fast on Cherokee funding
By Kevin Bogardus
Posted: 04/21/08 06:24 PM [ET]

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has threatened to block housing legislation for Native Americans if the final bill does not include a funding ban against the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma .
Frank shares a concern first raised by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), whose members have proposed several measures to punish the tribe for changing its constitution last year to exclude the Freedmen — a group of largely black Americans who are descendants of freed slaves once owned by tribe members — from its ranks.

“We would not pass the bill. We would not acquiesce to give funding to the Cherokees,” said Frank, whose committee has jurisdiction over the legislation. Frank said he would not bring a conference report to the floor for a final vote without the ban firmly in place.

rest of the article here

OP: Are you watching Mr. Macarro?

Related Story:

(Cherokee) Tribe's casino profits increase

The Cherokee Nation's casino operations turned a profit of more than $111 million in fiscal year 2007, according to financial data released by the tribe. The casinos earned $418.6 million in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2007. Of that revenue, $20.4 million went toward gaming compact fees, $119.4 million went toward payroll, and $167.2 million went toward operating expenses, according to an annual report on the Cherokees' casino operations. The casinos are operated by Cherokee Nation Enterprises, which the tribe owns

See story for the BIG expansion. Go Freedmen!


stand your ground said...

Good for Barney Frank, i hope that they all come together and do the right thing for the Freedmen. After that they need to look into the disenrollments and moratoriums at the Pechanga Reservation, Enterprise Rancheria, Table Mountain Rancheria, Picayune Rancheria, Mooretown Rancheria, Laytonville Rancheria, Redding Rancheria,Pinoleville Rancheria, Pit River Madesi Band, Jamul Indian Band, Santa Rosa Reservation and Santa Rosa Rancheria. These are just a few of the many Indians in California whose civil rights where denied and whose human rights have been trampled on. Can we count on the CBC to come to the aid of all, OR FOR THEM, WILL IT ONLY BE THE FREEDMEN CAUSE? WE WILL BE WATCHING...............

stand your ground said...

Lets also add THE CHUCKCHANSI TRIBE to the list of corrupted TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, they have disenrolled over 600 descendants form their tribe after their profitable Casino was build.

exPechangagambler said...

Have you guys ever contacted 60 Minutes or Dateline?? need some real exposure to get the facts out...i have to add that every time I see that tv commercial with that long hair wannabe indian guy, I want to throw my TV out the window....he should be in "Planet of the Apes"..

Anonymous said...

Yes, that "warm hearted person", who drove past peaceful demonstrators, burning rubber and shouting obsenities during Feburary's protest in front of the Pechanga casino, says he wants to help people and that he just wants people to know he is human.

Well if that is the case, then why doesn't he admit the tribe made a mistake by kicking out and keeping out hundreds of rightful members?

After all "to error is human, and to forgive is divine."

He could help a lot of people by admitting the tribe's mistakes which could heal a lot of wounds.