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Draft offers preferential trade between Turkey, American Indians
1.       tunci
7149 posts
 12 Jul 2011 Tue 10:21 pm

Draft offers preferential trade between Turkey, American Indians

 

Draft offers preferential trade between Turkey, American Indians

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.

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.

Upon efforts by Turkey’s Coalition of America, or TCA, Tom Cole, the sole American Indian member of the U.S. Congress, who also co-chairs Indian American Friendship Group and is a member of Turkey Friendship Group, has recently submitted the “Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011.”

The bill expresses its target as “to facilitate economic development by Indian tribes and encourage investment by Turkish enterprises.”

In the draft, Turkey is named as the only country that can do business with Indian tribes with no additional approval by the federal government.

Reasons for such a privilege is explained under three headlines: “The public and private sectors in the Republic of Turkey have demonstrated a unique interest in bolstering cultural, political and economic relationships with Indian tribes and tribal members. Uneconomic regulatory, statutory and policy barriers are preventing more robust relationships between the Turkish and Indian tribal communities. It is in the interest of Indian tribes, the U.S. and the U.S,-Turkey relationship to remove or ameliorate these barriers through the establishment of an Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project.”

The bill aims at removing or ameliorating the certain barriers to facilitate trade and financial investment in Indian tribal economies and encouraging commerce and economic investment by private entities incorporated in or emanating from Turkey as it would contribute to raising the material standard of living of American Indians.

Once it is approved, the U.S. Interior Secretary will authorize Indian tribes to participate in the project.

Lincoln McCurdy, head of the TCA, told the Anatolia news agency that with this act a “real partnership” between Turkey and the U.S. is emerging.

Talking about the two countries working to “encourage democracy in the Middle East,” McCurdy told the agency that “partnering to build sustainable economies in American Indian regions will make this relation even stronger.”

McCurdy also thanked Cole for his efforts.

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.”

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.”

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

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

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.

In July, Çağlayan met with Samuel R. Shingoitewa Jr., an executive of the Hopi tribe, which inhabits land around Phoenix.

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

2.       Doriss
16 posts
 13 Jul 2011 Wed 02:04 am

Ok…let me get this straight….The American-Indians want ‘Turkey’ to fund the building of new roads, sewer systems, schools….in America????? Just send them a check??? Is Turkey all completed on these concerns??? And Turkey is good with this deal????  Uh…wouldn’t you think they already asked for funding from the actual Americans who live right-next-door and are in the same country???   .....Hmmm….sounds fishy…..maybe I missed something…

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.       alameda
3499 posts
 13 Jul 2011 Wed 07:01 am

I think you hit the nail on the head!

Quoting Doriss

  .....Hmmm….sounds fishy…..maybe I missed something…

4.       si++
3785 posts
 14 Jul 2011 Thu 12:40 pm

 

Quoting Doriss

Ok…let me get this straight….The American-Indians want ‘Turkey’ to fund the building of new roads, sewer systems, schools….in America????? Just send them a check??? Is Turkey all completed on these concerns??? And Turkey is good with this deal????  Uh…wouldn’t you think they already asked for funding from the actual Americans who live right-next-door and are in the same country???   .....Hmmm….sounds fishy…..maybe I missed something…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmm. You seem to have many question marks in the back of your head about Turkey.

 

Turkey Construction Industry has expanded to provide their services outside Turkey. Many of the Construction Companies have reached to other parts of the world from their base in Turkey.

 

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5.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 14 Jul 2011 Thu 02:14 pm

I don´t really get the point of preferential trade between native Americans and Turkey. And also, I don´t think the amount of money involved in this can ever be that big that it is news worthy.

6.       vineyards
1954 posts
 18 Jul 2011 Mon 05:56 am

Maybe, this is a bit far fatched but some Turks, especially the nationalist ones are crazy about finding any sort of link between Turks and other people.

According to some studies mostly originating from these circles, there are some similarities between the vocabularies of Turkic and Native Indian languages. For example, we use the word "tepe" which means a hill and one of the tribes use the word "tepük" hence the alleged similarity. These wannabe linguists don´t care about the fact that there are tens  of other languages among Indians which don´t even closely resemble the Turkish language.

The same circles believe in a legend which has it that a forefather of Turks was raised by a wolf later becoming a king.

If that is not the case, then we can point our fingers to the comic books such as Zagor, Texas, Tom Mix etc. My generation spent their childhood reading these books. Many of us favoured the Indians -a fact which might explain the current convergence.

If these are still not the case, we might look for a political reason; maybe Turkey considers this a chance to poke her nose into the US internal affairs. By establishing a link with an ethnic group many of whom don´t deny their grudge for the American administration, they might be hoping to bring America to an ethnic chaos. Since the US considers creating political chaos her own hobby, she might get a bit angry over this new role Turkey seeking to play.



Edited (7/18/2011) by vineyards

7.       stumpy
638 posts
 18 Jul 2011 Mon 06:50 am

Quote:vineyards

According to some studies mostly originating from these circles, there are some similarities between the vocabularies of Turkic and Native Indian languages.
Well one hypothesis is that Asians crossed over to the Americas through the Bering straight during a period either when it was frozen  or when the 2 continents were not seperated by water and if Turks are at the origin of Asians then it would make sence that Turks would be at the origins of the Native Americans and Aboriginal Canadians or First Nations.

8.       Mr.Thunder
31 posts
 18 Jul 2011 Mon 10:22 pm

Turks have a special sympathy for the native American people who were subject to oppression and genocide. Turks are helpful people. (In history you can find many examples like that.) Turks have a great respect for the native American peoples who fought bravely for their honor and freedom. Turks feel that it is a humanitarian obligation to cooperate with these honorable people.

 

There are also some historical theories saying that Turks are akin to them. There are similarities between the native Americans and the ancient Turks who lived in Central Asia.

 

 

 

 



Edited (7/18/2011) by Mr.Thunder [addition]

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