Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011

Floor Speech

By:  Dan Boren
Date: July 23, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BOREN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong--very strong--support of H.R. 2362, the Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011.

In an effort to reduce unemployment and incentivize investment, H.R. 2362 allows--again, we have said this all along the debate--all 155 World Trade Organization countries to participate in a trial trade program directly with sovereign Native American tribes in the United States. Specifically, it would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to select up to six tribes to participate in a program that would allow them to use their land for economic development.

In addition to creating jobs, H.R. 2362 would provide a path for economic empowerment of tribes and encourages foreign and domestic investment in Indian Country. With this bill, we can give tribes the means and the authority to address specific issues plaguing Indian Country.

I want to also, as Mr. Moran and many other members on our side of the aisle have done, commend my good friend, Mr. Cole, for his diligence on this issue, for his persistence and for all that he has done for Indian Country. Mr. Cole mentioned in his debate earlier that there are a lot of different organizations that are supporting this legislation. He talked about NCAI and a whole list of others.

Again, if you ask Indian Country, ``Do you support this bill?'' they're saying, ``Yes.'' The other people that are saying, well, we're opposed to it, it's not coming from Indian Country. It's not coming from places like my home State of Oklahoma.

So I ask my colleagues that are watching this debate to give their deepest consideration and to support this legislation. Again, I want to say ``thank you'' to Mr. Cole, to the chairman and to all the other Members who are supporting this legislation.

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