Turkey Denied Access to American Indian Land Investments: Look Who Voted For Passage! Bill Can Come Back

I know we are getting close to Thanksgiving, but I’m not talking turkeys of the gobbling kind. U.S. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) is a member of the Chickasaw Tribe in Oklahoma. Earlier this year he introduced legislation to allow “Turkish-owned” companies, both private and public, to have “exclusive investment preferences and special rights in Native American tribal area projects.” Those “preferences” and “special rights” are lightly defined as you’ll see below. Some students of the Chickasaw nation are already “studying abroad” in Turkey. I have talked to the offices of US Representatives Michele Bachmann, Sue Myrick, and Marsha Blackburn,  all of whom voted for the bill’s passage. I recognize these women as being strong protectors of the U.S. Constitution and women who recognize that Islamic countries have no respect for what we consider our Rule of Law.  They, as well as others who voted for passage, are deeply passionate about the matters of Islamists in the United States. One of the points of angst about the bill is defining “Islamist.” Apparently if you are a member of NATO you cannot be an “Islamist” country. From my point of view, Turkey is an Islamist country and Islamists within the once-secular Turkey are gaining stronger footholds every day.

Turkey’s Ambassador to the U.S., Namik Tan (arrow), hosts Native American tribal leaders at Turkey’s Embassy in Washington. At right is Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole (member of the Chickasaw Nation tribe) who introduced a “Trojan Horse” bill that would give Turkey unfettered access to Native American tribal lands. At left is Turkey’s long-time chief lobbyist in America, Lincoln McCurdy, head of the Turkish Coalition of America. More photos documenting Turkey’s intense cultivation of ties with Native American tribes are at the end of this article.

What I heard from Bachmann and Myrick’s office (have not heard back from Blackburn) is that international trade is a good thing for this country, and the activities allowed under the failed legislation pose no danger to U.S. security.

The final bill was amended to add offering the same opportunities to all members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Many of those countries are Islamist countries. The bill gave Turkey one year to get their “economic investment” underway on specific Native American lands (selected by the Secretary of the Interior). The bill is a “demonstration” act – meaning a trial. If successful, the Indian Nations and lands can be expanded.

The activities as outlined in the bill are as follows:

(d) Activities To Be Conducted on Leased Lands – Indian land held in trust by the United States for the benefit of a participating Indian tribe (or an Indian tribe in a consortium) may be leased for activities consistent with the purposes of this Act, including business and economic development, public, educational, or residential purposes, including the development or use of natural resources in connection with operations under such leases, for grazing purposes, and for those farming purposes which require the making of a substantial investment in the improvement of the land for the production of specialized crops as determined by the Secretary.

Do you remember the U.S. Gülen Charter Schools – Turkish Islamic schools here in this country, owned/run by a powerful Turkish Iman, Fethullah Gülen? They are U.S. taxpayer funded charter schools, generally sold to the public as Science and Math Academies. They are under IRS audit at the moment. Many parents haven’t a clue that their children are receiving Islamic doctrination in these “schools.”

Below you will see Uzbekistan mentioned. Here’s a quote from the Uzebek government about the Gulen schools scattered across 140 countries:

Uzbekistan says Gülen students end up in Uzbek government offices and,

…key institutions to weaken the secular government. They charge that graduates of Turkish schools promote and aggressive form of Islam and even a role for Islam in political life. Source: Radio Free Europe

U.S. Federal “assistance” can be used for these “investments.” Congresswoman Bachmann’s office said this would not be new money, but already approved Federal assistance for Native Americans. Bachmann’s office also said this bill and Bachmann’s vote was seen as a vote of “compassion” for poor Indians who need jobs.

(5) PROJECT; ACTIVITY- The terms ‘project’ and ‘activity’ mean a community, economic, or business development undertaking that includes components that contribute materially to carrying out a purpose or closely related purposes that are proposed or approved for assistance under more than one Federal program.
In my opinion, if the activities that Turkey will engage in are economically viable, American companies would be engaged in them. One thing we know about Islam is that Islamization doesn’t need to be economically viable. Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries will fund all activities giving Islam a stepping stone here or in any free world country, but the U.S. is the big prize.

The Secretary of Interior’s approval of Turkish leases of Native American land is not needed if:

(c) Tribal Approval of Leases- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and in the discretion of a participating Indian tribe or consortium, any lease of Indian land held in trust by the United States for a participating Indian tribe (or an Indian tribe in a consortium) entered into under this Act to carry out a project or activity shall not require the approval of the Secretary if the lease–

(1) is entered into in furtherance of a commercial partnership involving one or more private entities incorporated in or emanating from the Republic of Turkey;

(2) is entered into not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act;

(3) is not for the exploration, development, or extraction of any mineral resources;

(4) does not include lease of land or an interest in land held in trust for an individual Indian;

(5) is executed under the tribal regulations approved by the Secretary under this Act; and

(6) has a term that does not exceed 25 years, except that any such lease may include an option to renew for up to 2 additional terms, each of which may not exceed 25 years.

How many green cards come with these leases? Will Turkish nationals move here with their families? How many Native Americans will actually receive a good paying job?

Rep. Myrick’s office was very clear about their position that this country does not discriminate against our NATO partners, and I believe her office does not see Turkey as an Islamist country. When I mentioned that the bill was overwhelmingly supported by Republican votes, Myrick’s spokesman said that was because Democrats have their own similar program they want to pass.

If Cole can eventually get this legislation through, it failed by a very small margin, Turkey will have unprecedented access to Indian land (which is sovereign and held in trust by the U.S. government). How much loyalty to a foreign country can you buy when your livelihood is provided by a country like Turkey? Remember that Turkey’s public sector, not just the private sector, can engage in these “investments.”

The original article at Islamist Watch by Marc Fink used the word “stunner” in it’s title and it is indeed stunning to me. Rep. Tom Cole is a very conservative congressman. The entire Oklahoma delegation for passage.

Here are some informative snippets of Marc Fink’s article.

Turkey’s government, under Islamist leadership, has developed a remarkable but obscure tactic to make inroads into the United States.

Recently, Native American Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK, member of the Chickasaw Nation) introduced H.R. 2362, the Indian Trade and Investment Demonstration Project. The bill singles out Turkish-owned companies for exclusive investment preferences and special rights in Native American tribal area projects.

Congressman Cole freely admitted the following on the House floor:

There’s no question that I was approached by the Turkish American Coalition [properly the Turkish Coalition of America], who have a deep interest in Turkey and American Indians.

“Deep interest” indeed. The bill was the culmination of a curious multi-year effort by Turkey to ingratiate itself with Native American tribes: tribal students now study in Turkey with full scholarships; Turkish high officials regularly appear at Native American economic summits; and dozens of tribal leaders have gone to Turkey on lavish all-expense paid trips…

Evidence from Uzbekistan points to a possible nefarious motive: Infiltration and Islamization. The government of Uzbekistan is claiming that private Turkish business interests in the Central Asian country have been acting as a front for banned Islamist extremists. According to Agence France-Presse:

[The Uzbek government is] accusing Turkish companies of creating a shadow economy, using double accounting and propagating nationalistic and extremist ideology. … Long wary of the influence of Islamic fundamentalism … secular authorities appear to be linking Turkish private business to the activities of the Nurcus, an Islamic group that is banned in the country. [Nurcus is alsobanned in Russia].

Is it really in America’s national security interests to have thousands of Turkish contractors and their families flooding into America’s heartland and settling in semi-autonomous zones out of the reach of American authorities? Especially if their intent is to form intimate business and social ties with a long-aggrieved minority group? …

When the bill came up for a vote, its backers were forced to offer an amended version. The phrase “or other World Trade Organization (WTO) member nations” was placed after “Republic of Turkey” in the passages above.

The amended version still maintains that Congress “finds that the public and private sectors in the Republic of Turkey have demonstrated aunique interest in bolstering cultural, political, and economic relationships with Indian tribes and tribal members;” and that removing “barriers” and encouraging a “more robust relationship” between “Turkish and Indian tribal communities” is “in the interest” of “the United States-Turkey relationship. [Emphasis added].

These “interests” are not defined.

The bill, in both its forms, severely limits federal oversight of the investment projects, and does not even require the Department of the Interior to approve the leases. The term of the leases could stretch 75 years, effectively tying the hands of future Administrations.

Presidents would come and go. But Turkey would have a semi-permanent foothold in America’s heartland…

● Turkey has been lost to the Islamists, with alarming consequences for the West. A small sampling of recent events:

● Turkey refused to allow U.S. troops to reach Iraq via Turkish territory in 2003.

● Turkey refused to back UN sanctions on Iran, meant to halt its nuclear weapons program.

● Prime Minister Erdogan has said “Iran is our friend,” and “I do not think that Hamas is a terrorist organization.”

● Erdogan invited the Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite warload Muqtada al-Sadr to Turkey for “political discussions.” Sadr, whose militia is believed to be responsible for the deaths of countless American soldiers in Iraq, stopped in Iran on his way to Turkey.

● The Turkish government supported a flotilla of ships that violently attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, ruled by the terrorist group Hamas. Israel’s blockade was declared legal by the United Nations.

● Erdogan halted trade with Israel and threatened to invade Cyprus after an American-based company partnered with Israel to begin gas exploration in Cypriot territorial waters, which is adjacent to Israeli gas fields. Turkey then initiated military exercises aimed at threatening both Israel and Cyprus.
●Erdogan defended Sudanese President Bashir, who faced worldwide condemnation for the genocide in Darfur. Erdogan’s rationale: “A Muslim can never commit genocide. It’s not possible.”

● According to Middle East expert Barry Rubin, the “AKP has repressed opposition in Turkey, arrested hundreds of critics, bought up 40 percent of the media, and installed its people in the bureaucracy.” Very recently, 326 military officers were convicted of conspiracy to overthrow Erdogan’s Islamist government.

The actual vote was to “suspend the rules” and fast-track the bill for a vote without debate, as amended, due to the idea that the bill was non-controversial.  The amendment added the inclusion these words: “or other World Trade Organization (WTO).” That amendment gives members of the WTO the same opportunities as Turkey, assuming another WTO country applies.
Here are just a few WTO members:
Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunel Darussalam, Furkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Repubic, Chad, China, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, Guyana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nambia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tunesia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Congresswoman Bachmann’s office reminded me that WTO countries already have the opportunity for U.S. investment, but obviously not on Indian lands. Rep. Myrick’s office mentioned us “gas stations,” as an example of the kind of investment to be expected. Why is that American “gas stations” have no interest in these lands?
Along with adding the WTO, remember that the bill still contained these words:

The amended version still maintains that Congress “finds that the public and private sectors in the Republic of Turkey have demonstrated a unique interest in bolstering cultural, political, and economic relationships with Indian tribes and tribal members;” and that removing “barriers” and encouraging a “more robust relationship” between “Turkish and Indian tribal communities” is “in the interest” of “the United States-Turkey relationship. [Emphasis added]

GOP votes to pass as amended: Yay 179, Nay 42 – not voting 19
DEM votes to pass as amended: Yay 43, Nay 118 – not voting 30
GOP votes to pass as amended:
The legislation was voted on in July 2012. There were 222 votes ‘for’ HR 2362 and 160 against.
GOP voting against:
There are two Muslims in the U.S. House of Representatives: Andre Carson and Keith Ellison. Carson voted against, Ellison did not vote.
The bill had 12 co-sponsors, 3 of which were Republican:

Connolly, Gerald [D-VA11]
(joined Jul 15, 2011)
Foxx, Virginia [R-NC5]
(joined Jul 15, 2011)
Stivers, Steve [R-OH15]
(joined Jul 15, 2011)
Whitfield, Edward “Ed” [R-KY1]
(joined Jul 15, 2011)
Cohen, Steve [D-TN9]
(joined Jul 25, 2011)
Hastings, Alcee [D-FL23]
(joined Jul 25, 2011)
Larson, John [D-CT1]
(joined Jul 25, 2011)
Moran, James “Jim” [D-VA8]
(joined Sep 08, 2011)
Boren, Dan [D-OK2]
(joined Sep 15, 2011)
Inslee, Jay [D-WA1]
(joined Sep 15, 2011)
Richardson, Laura [D-CA37]
(joined Sep 15, 2011)
Honda, Michael “Mike” [D-CA15]
(joined Oct 06, 2011)

Delegations of American Indian VIP’s have traveled to Turkey, as guests. Young American Indians are studying in that dangerous country.
It is not unreasonable to believe that this was a vote of “compassion,” and a vote ‘for votes.’ Whatever it is, it mustn’t pass in the future. If you find your legislator’s name on the list of those voting ‘for,’ please let her/him know, now, that you don’t want to see their name voting for a bill of this type again. These are dangerous times – and not a time to be giving 25 year leases for economic investment to Islamic countries, whether they are Islamist or not – particularly noting that these leases can be used for educational purposes. Many thanks to Judy W for the tip.
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  • http://dailyfetch.blogspot.com/ Fran Boscow

    What the heck? Why should we allow Turkey, which is Muslim/Islam have this opportunity? I don’t understand why Republicans would want this!

    • http://maggiesnotebook.com Maggie

      Fran, I was so stunned to see those voting for it. After talking to Myrick’s and Bachmann’s offices, I didn’t know what to think. My bottomline guess is, it’s all about votes. I went to Myrick’s office first because she is such a watchdog of Islamist activity. Her spokesman was very firm, that if there were risks at all to the U.S., she wouldn’t have voted for it. I continued to point out that there is little definition about what could and couldn’t be done, and what can be done, like “educational” purposes, has no restrictions.

      Very disturbing.

  • David Kenny

    Are people like Bachmann stupid.
    This is the Turkish Government investing irrespective of the front organisation’s name
    Turkey who is in competion with Iran to rule the Muslim world so they have the wherewithal to rule us
    No foreign government or obvious front org should be allowed any control over US asetts
    And this Repub introducer of the bill. Anyone checked his bank account?

    • http://maggiesnotebook.com Maggie

      David Kenny, the legislation says this can be both private and public, so yes, it is the government. In Islamic countries there is little private anything. If Bachmann is stupid. She is in good company. So many of those involved in this are very, very conservative.

      I don’t what is going on with Cole, other than he sees dollars at least for his tribe, and the rest of the Oklahoma delegation see votes. It has to be votes for everyone on the yea list. And yes, it is stupid. I am stunned at Myrick’s support.