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house Bill H.R. 146

Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act

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Title

Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act

Official Title

To take certain Federal lands in Tennessee into trust for the benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and for other purposes.

Summary

Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act This bill takes specified lands and easements in Monroe County, Tennessee, into trust for the use and benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. These lands include the Sequoyah Museum, the Chota Memorial, the Tanasi Memorial, and land to provide support for these properties and cultural programs. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) maintains its right to carry out river control and development on these lands, including temporarily and intermittently flooding certain lands. The bill specifies the structures that may be constructed with the TVA's consent on certain lands subject to flooding. The TVA must be compensated for lost hydropower capacity from future development of these lands. The bill prohibits the United States from being liable for loss or damage resulting from certain activities, such as the flooding of certain lands. The bill outlines TVA's continuing responsibilities. Gaming on these lands is prohibited.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed April 16th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 383 Yea / 2 Nay
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

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    Fine fancy language to make it sound like the government ISN'T just taking more land from people. They're autonomous. If they need help, let them ask for it. This reeks of "here you poor red people, we'll take that off your hands so you don't have to worry about it." The very fact that the TVA is brought up concerns me. This is about business not about protection.
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    Stop stealing the Indian land
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    Typical treatment of the First People’s unfortunately. US Government breaks treaties, takes what it wants, gives grief debt and problems in return and tells the natives to be grateful. In people we call that abuse.
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    Why not give the land back to its rightful owners? The Cherokee were there first and forcibly removed.
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    It is time to start restoring the land of the Natives we promised to them in the first place. This is a good first step.
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    Using pretty words to steal and flood lands belonging to First Peoples is still the same old lying, stealing, destroying and tsk tsk-omg about how ungrateful “they” (meaning any non-Euroamerican) are. Shame on the TVA and shame on TN.
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    This is truly just another way of taking lands from Native Americans with "benefits" to make it seem nice. Even if the land is being taken for a "temporary" amount of time, it is allowing the TVA to flood the land with no repercussions if the land is damaged. The US would also not have to face repercussions. If the intention of this bill is to truly begin the process of returning land to Native Americans, then let Native Americans decide what is done in their land.
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    It is hard to tell but it seems the goverment is taking land and some company gets to flood it? I dont see the point. And if the goverment wants it you know its no good for Natives.
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    While the Cherokees rightfully deserve their land, this bill was not made to benefit them. The TVA is still controlling them, their land will be disrupted at their expense and they have to cover the cost. Their decision and opinions were not taken into consideration and is not the right step in the direction of repaying the Natives.
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    Cherokee people are perfectly qualified to hold onto their own land. Don’t give it away to Tennessee!
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    Questions: 1.) How long will the trust be held? Can the EBOfC choose to have the land in trusted if the statutes in this law are not kept (history tends to repeat itself) 2.) what are the “other purposes” noted at the conclusion of the description of this bill?
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    Taking land for the benefit of Cherokee? How is forcibly taking ownership of land, flooding it, and charging the natives for lost profits a benefit? How do these people even sleep at night?
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    Provided the Cherokee Indians are able to live and keep the land they are on. I am concerned though that the TVA has jurisdiction over them it sounds like they still are not free
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    Give the land back to the rightful owner's! Shame on you!
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    Native American tribes must be assisted and supported. They are the original Americans and currently their lands are not in the best condition. Lets help them restore their heritage and lands! Please vote YES on this bill.
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    This measure is a necessary step in returning land to Cherokee tribes.
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