Perhaps most troubling — even if other WTO member nations have the same rights in the amended version of H.R. 2362 — Turkey is poised to infiltrate Native American tribal areas immediately upon passage due to the Islamist country’s intense cultivation of ties with Native American tribes through the Turkish Coalition of America. John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe (Oklahoma), claims:
The Turkish and Native American peoples are beginning to come together under their own momentum to develop broader and deeper economic and cultural ties.
But the “momentum” is coming from only one direction: Turkey, through the TCA. Indeed, according to the Indian Country Today Media Network:
- In November 2010, the TCA organized and led the first Native American Business Cooperation Trip to Turkey, attracting 20 leaders from 17 Native American tribes. The tribal leaders met with Turkish high officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “The meeting in Turkey marked the tribal leaders’ first significant overseas trade meeting,” reported the Associated Press.
- In March 2011, the TCA engineered the appearance of the Turkish deputy minister for foreign trade at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) and American Indian Business Trade Fair in Las Vegas. The Turkish minister was the “first foreign government official to ever deliver remarks” in the event’s history.
- In February 2012, the Turkish deputy economy minister and the Turkish ambassador to Washington joined the TCA at the RES.
- Since 2008, the TCA has offered scholarships to Native American students interested in studying abroad in Turkey. The TCA also co-sponsored two Native American conferences at a Turkish university.
The TCA, whose vice president allegedly lives in Istanbul, stated in a press release that H.R. 2362 is “the first time the Turkish American community took the initiative to create positive change through substantive legislation in Congress.”
But the TCA has already invested millions in cultivating ties with Native American tribes. According to its 2010 IRS Form 990, the TCA incurred $1,037,496 of “expenses” for “sponsorship of educational travel for congressional members and staff as well as Native American leaders.” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
As Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) said on the House floor, H.R. 2362, even as amended, is “an unusual, unprecedented, and unnecessary endorsement of a state that, though an ally, continues to pursue problematic policies.”
The next time this bill comes up for a vote — or any other bill that gives Turkey special investment considerations — Congress should be aware that Ankara is no longer the pro-Western state of yesterday. And Congress should be alert to possible nefarious motives of the Islamists cementing their power in Turkey.