Summary

1/18/2013--Introduced.Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act - Extends federal recognition to the Muscogee Nation of Florida (the Nation), which makes its members eligible for the services and... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 18, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 18, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To extend Federal recognition to the Muscogee Nation of Florida.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds that-- (1) the Muscogee Nation of Florida is comprised of lineal descendants of persons who were historically part of the Creek Confederacy, which relocated from Daleville, Alabama, and other areas of southern Alabama to the State of Florida between 1812 and 1887; (2) those Creek persons settled in the north Florida panhandle in autonomous communities (referred to in the constitution of the Muscogee Nation as ``Townships''), continuing the lifestyle and traditions practiced by the historic Creek Nation of Alabama and Georgia; (3)(A) on dissolution of the Creek Confederacy, the ancestors of current members of the Muscogee Nation of Florida relocated and reestablished home sites, traditions, ceremonial centers, tribal government (including through the traditional appointment of tribal leaders), and tribal economy in rural areas of the State of Florida; (B) the relocation described in subparagraph (A) did not prevent the Nation from-- (i) continuing to exercise the governing powers of the Nation; (ii) providing services to members of the Nation; or (iii) enjoying the communal lifestyle of the Nation; and (C) some members of the Nation remain on original home sites of their Creek ancestors; (4) members of the Nation-- (A) participated in the 1814 Treaty of Ft....

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State: CA

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I support H.R. 323: Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act because... I am from Florida and part of the Muscogee Creek Tribe. Please work on approving this.

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CA
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playadelaluz1
CA-11
1 year ago

I support H.R. 323: Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act because no other race is required to **prove** their blood line in order to claim their heritage. Did you know a full blood Indian who does not belong to a state or federally recognized tribe cannot legally claim to be an Indian? It is true. The Muskogee Indians living in North Florida need to be recognize. I want to be able to legally claim to be who I really am -- I am Muskogee.

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FL
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regwoak
FL-2
2 years ago

I support H.R. 323: Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act because... it would be unjust & discriminatory not to. It is their birthright.

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NY
19
kurailisa
NY-19
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 323: Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act because...I'm sorry, but after all these years it's time to become part of America. Nearly everyone in this country is part of some group that could receive special attention. Despite my last name, I have as much Cherokee in me than Elizabeth Warren but I doubt that I'll receive or deserve any special status or attention for it.

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IL
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IHAPs
IL-11
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 323: To extend Federal recognition to the Muscogee Nation of Florida because it represents another attempt to stall any valuable action by Congress. If Representative Miller has nothing positive to contribute to the solution of our current problems, he should turn over his seat to someone who seriously has the interest of all U.S, citizens and not just a select group. Please oppose this measure. Thanks.

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WA
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JaneL
WA-10
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/18/2013--Introduced.Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act - Extends federal recognition to the Muscogee Nation of Florida (the Nation), which makes its members eligible for the services and benefits provided to Indians due to their status as members of a federally recognized tribe. Considers the service area of the Nation, for the purpose of delivering federal services to members, to be: (1) the community of Bruce in Walton County, Florida; and (2) an area in Florida in which members reside that is bordered on the west by the Escambia River and on the east by the St. Marks River. Requires that the constitution and bylaws of the Nation be the constitution and bylaws of the Nation's Tribal Council dated January 21, 2001 (including amendments). Instructs the Secretary of the Interior, upon receipt of a written request of the Tribal Council, to hold a referendum for members to adopt a new constitution and bylaws. Specifies the role and duties of the Tribal Council. Requires that the membership roll of the Nation be determined in accordance with the membership criteria established by the ordinance of the Nation numbered 04-01-100 and dated February 7, 2004. Authorizes the Secretary to take land into trust on behalf of the Nation.

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