Let me cut to the quick. Forget our unemployment numbers, let’s just bring in Turkish Contractors to build “1,500 to 2,000 houses, roads, water and sewer systems and a shopping mall” for Native Americans on their sovereign lands. Great. We have become the un-united territories of the whatever.
Whenever an old post of mine from last year starts getting hits again, it always peeks my curiosity, and I wonder if their is an update. Especially, when they are coming from foreign countries. Here is a recollection of an earlier post: Native American Tribes seek trade ties with Turkey:
McCurdy said Thursday that the Native American tribes belong to sovereign nations that can strike their own trade deals and offer special tax incentives.
A draft allowing Turkish companies to trade with American Indian tribes without requiring a federal approval was recently submitted to the United States House of Representatives
During the meeting, also joined by McCurdy, some housing and infrastructure projects were discussed, Çağlayan had said.
The tribe wishes to build 1,500 to 2,000 houses, roads, water and sewer systems and a shopping mall, the minister said.
The move followed Turkey’s fresh bid to enliven trade with the country’s indigenous population as Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, who was at the time the state minister responsible for foreign trade, met with tribal chiefs in July last year.
McCurdy told the agency that “partnering to build sustainable economies in American Indian regions will make this relation even stronger.”
Following the July visit by a top Turkish mission, a delegation, representing 17 tribes from at least 10 U.S. states visited Turkey in November. During the trip organized by McCurdy, the group met with the Turkish Contractors Association in Ankara.
John Berrey, chief of the Quapaw tribe in Oklahoma, told Anatolia news agency that the interest by the two nations to learn more about each others’ culture was increasing. “This act is offering the American tribes new global partnerships and contributes to creating ground for pursuing long-term economic benefits.”
Recalling that Turkey’s companies are strong in the construction business, he said, “This act offers Turkish companies a unique position in encouraging the growth of the private sector and creating jobs.” Note this is from the Turkish perspective.
Talking about the two countries working to “encourage democracy in the Middle East,” McCurdy also thanked Cole for his efforts.
Turkey has long been seeking preferential trade treatment from Washington. Two-way trade stands at $11.8 billion Full story here Hurriyet Daily news
P.S. In case you are wondering why Turkey and the Indians, the comments over at the newspaper indicates they have a “genetic” similarity as well as native language roots.