Members of Congress on Tuesday threatened to withhold tens of millions of dollars in federal funding from four Native American tribes in Oklahoma , adding to renewed public pressure to end policies that discriminate against descendants of Black people who were enslaved by the tribes before the Civil War. The House Financial Services Committee is considering adding a provision to a bill reauthorizing federal housing funds that would withhold some or all of those funds from tribes found in violation of their treaty obligations to these Black Native Americans, known as the Freedmen. "For one minority group to discriminate against a minority group, as the chair of this committee, I don't intend for it to stand," said Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California and chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. Ms. Waters is a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and has used her influence to advance racial equality measures. She has also previously attempted to aid the Freedmen through provisions added in her committee. The provision was discussed during a subcommittee hearing on the treatment of the Freedmen. Under Reconstruction-era treaties signed with the federal government in 1866, they had been enrolled as members of their tribes,… Read full this story
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