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Re: [OS] US/TURKEY/ECON - Native American tribes seek trade ties withTurkey




2010-11-11 15:53:43



Re: [OS] US/TURKEY/ECON - Native American tribes seek trade ties with Turkey

Also it is Veterans Day, so no government employees are around, phone calls will have to wait until tomorrow.

Matthew Powers wrote:

Still looking into this, but here is a list of the tribes that are going:

Tribes Represented on Native American Business Cooperation Trip:


o Navajo Nation


o Couer d'Alene Tribe


o Tunica-Biloxi Tribe


o Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa


o Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes

o Crow Tribe

o Salish & Kootenai Tribes

New Mexico

o Navajo Nation

New York

o Seneca Nation


o Cherokee Nation

o Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes

o Fort Sill Apache Tribe

o Osage Nation

o Quapaw Tribe

South Dakota

o Rosebud Sioux/Sicangu Oyate


o Tribes of Colville Reservation

o Yakama Nation


Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

Peter Zeihan wrote:

well i cant imagine the US having a problem with someone sinking a lot of cash into reservations -- more power too them, hell, might even get some matching funds

im just floored that anyone would be interested -- these are some of the most useless pieces of land in North America

On 11/11/2010 8:47 AM, Matt Gertken wrote:

i would think that the US suggested this to Turkey as a means of opening the back door, and that Turkey isn't acting rogue and trying to sneak in , that obviously wouldn't fly ...

On 11/11/2010 8:44 AM, Peter Zeihan wrote:

ive got research calling the Department of native Am affairs to see what they can find

couple things to think of in the meantime

1) not a single reservation has a port, and off hand i cannot think of one that's on a rail line -- these places are pretty remote as a rule
2) reservations cannot have their own foreign policy -- that, along with their budget, needs to be approved by congress (ew)
3) you'd need to build the physcial plant from the ground up

On 11/11/2010 8:38 AM, Rodger Baker wrote:

But it sounded less like Native American goods to Turkey than Turkish factories built on Native American lands - note the talks of tax breaks, etc. It is a back door into US. On a side note, I have suggested numerous times for the Chinese to get involved in Native American affairs, as a counter to US Tibet policy. Think of the bumper stickers -> Leave Tibet to the Chinese, Free the Cherokee Nation...

On Nov 11, 2010, at 8:29 AM, Reva Bhalla wrote:

haha. this is completely bizarre. im guessing they could sell handicraft type things to sell in the bazaars and stuff.  or maybe this is a Turkish agenda to stage a Native American uprising in the US.... :) Turkish trade associations are extremely well organized and aggressive about finding new groups to trade with. THey're also quite innovative. Guess this is an example of that

On Nov 11, 2010, at 8:26 AM, Marko Papic wrote:

what would they trade? poker chips?


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this is the first i've ever heard of anything like this since the war of 1812

On 11/11/2010 6:39 AM, Rodger Baker wrote:

Do the native american tribes do much with other foreign nations?
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Native American tribes seek trade ties with Turkey
The Associated Press
Thursday, November 11, 2010; 3:46 AM

ANKARA, Turkey -- Native American tribal leaders seeking trade ties with Turkish companies have offered them tax incentives to operate in their territories in the United States, the organizer of the trip said Thursday.

Lincoln McCurdy, president of the Turkish Coalition of America which organized the trip, said Thursday that the Native American tribes belong to sovereign nations that can strike their own trade deals and offer special tax incentives.

The delegation, representing 17 tribes from at least 10 U.S. states, has been welcomed by the Turkish government, which wants to bolster trade ties with the United States, which is Turkey's seventh largest trading partner.

Turkey has been seeking preferential trade treatment from Washington. Two-way trade stands at $11.8 billion.

Zafer Caglayan, the minister who oversees foreign trade, met the U.S. delegation in Istanbul earlier this week and discussed areas of possible cooperation in tourism and construction. Turkish constructors are active across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, building dams, stadiums and highways.

The delegation was scheduled to visit the Turkish Contractors Association in Ankara on Thursday.

"Ten years from now, I hope that we will be meeting as business partners, not just people pursuing business opportunities," Michael Finley, chairman of the Tribes of Colville Reservation in eastern Washington state, said after meeting the minister in Istanbul.

The delegation, including seven tribal leaders, chief executive officers of Native American companies as well as casino operators and Indian affairs experts, also visited some Turkish universities to discuss scholarships available to support Native Americans.

The Turkish Coalition of America offers its own scholarships to study in Turkey to up to 100 American minority students each year.

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Matthew Powers
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