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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Monday, July 30, 2007

The Caucus Strikes Back, Part 2

HR 3002, with its provision denying funds to the Cherokee Nation, could be voted on as early as this week. I had previously thought the amendment eliminated all federal funding until the Freedmen are reinstated, but actually it only prevents CN from participating in this particular program. A separate bill, HR 2824, which would cut off all funding to CN, is also pending.

UPDATE: Cong. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) claims to have cut a deal to put the Housing bill on hold (thereby depriving all other tribes, apparently) while the Freedmen issue is hashed out in court. We'll see.

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