Saturday, June 7, 2008

Congressional Black Caucus Threatens to Kill Indian Housing Bill

Freedmen bill pending

Associated Press - June 7, 2008 10:05 AM ET

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An American Indian housing bill is the latest congressional effort to force the Cherokee Nation to drop efforts to deny citizenship to certain freedmen descendants.

Lawmakers are expected to hammer out differences between House and Senate versions of an Indian housing bill. The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that the House-passed provisions did not make it into a version of the bill passed recently by the Senate.

Supporters of the legislation have expressed concern that an impasse over the Cherokee provisions could develop and keep the housing bill from passing this year.

Some lawmakers have threatened to kill the bill if it did not include the provisions passed by the House last year to deny housing benefits to the Cherokee Nation until it recognizes descendants of former slaves as tribal citizens.

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(I guess they're going to punish all Indian Tribes to try and prevent the Cherokee Tribe from having Due Process in Court - see links below for contacting your congressperson)