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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.