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house Bill H.R. 533

Should Congress Allow The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma To Revoke Its Charter?

Argument in favor

Allowing the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to revoke their charter will improve their ability to develop their local economy by getting rid of onerous restrictions. They asked for it, and Congress should give it to them.

Kevin's Opinion
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06/05/2015
If that's what they want to do and they vote for it why not is it time to let them go isn't it time to let them live their own lives.
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Bob's Opinion
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06/05/2015
If they want to revoke their own charter let them do it
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Harold's Opinion
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06/03/2015
They are asking for their freedom. How can the USA deny it?
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Argument opposed

It seems overly bureaucratic for tribes to have to ask Congress to revoke their charter, why not allow them to simply file paperwork with the Bureau of Indian Affairs?

ThomasParker's Opinion
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06/01/2015
Why does any person need the federal government to grant their blessing in order to live their life the way they want to? The federal government should have no role in the affairs of these people. If they want to live a certain way and are willing to support themselves, this shouldn't even be a discussion.
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Keventle's Opinion
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06/02/2015
The federal government does not need to make decisions for the tribes.
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gailnabity's Opinion
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10/27/2015
Paperwork should not hold up the process of tribes being autonomous
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What is House Bill H.R. 533?

This bill would revoke the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s charter of incorporation that was ratified in 1940. 

The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma has expressed concern that their existing charter is outdated and restrictive, which they claim has adversely impacted the Tribe’s ability to attract investment and develop the local economy. The charter would be revoked at the tribe’s request — it just needs Congressional approval.

Impact

The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and its members, the surrounding community, relevant congressional committees.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 533

A CBO cost estimate found that implementing this bill would have no effect on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: In 2014, an identical version of this bill passed the House of Representatives by voice vote, but failed to receive a vote in the Senate after being placed on the Senate calendar.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: miamiohoars.wordpress.com

Official Title

To revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedJuly 6th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed June 24th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed June 1st, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 26th, 2015

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