National Congress of American Indians Responds to Trump Tweet that Stalled Two Tribal Nations Bills

President Donald Trump

Published May 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country, responded on Thursday to President Trump’s Wednesday tweet that stalled two bills intended to address concerns of tribal nations. Trump’s tweet – “Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. Trump’s tweet clearly demonstrated he does not know the true depth of issues facing Indian Country.

NCAI President Jefferson Keel

Here is the statement by NCAI President Jefferson Keel:

“Yesterday’s pulling of two bills intended to address concerns of tribal nations is unfortunate, particularly if they were pulled in response to a social media posting from our President. Misinformation about tribal homeland restoration legislation yesterday morning serves only to confuse issues of great importance to Indian Country. H.R. 312, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, is not a gaming bill. That bill is a reservation lands reaffirmation bill, meaning it ensures that a federally recognized tribal nation has a homeland for present and future generations. If the President truly cares about equal treatment of Native Americans, NCAI expects the President to issue a tweet supporting a clean Carcieri fix, which would ensure that all tribal nations received equal treatment under the Indian Reorganization Act. Once again, we call on the President to refrain from using Pocahontas’ name in a disparaging manner. It’s insulting, disrespectful, and perpetuates the dehumanization of Native peoples.”

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