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H.R.323 - Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act
To extend Federal recognition to the Muscogee Nation of Florida.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(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;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(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;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(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;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) members of the Nation have established an ancestral claim to land taken from the Nation by General Andrew Jackson in the aftermath of the War of 1812 pursuant to the 1814 Treaty of Ft. Jackson;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) in 1978, the Council held an election for representatives to the tribal government known as the ‘Florida Tribe of Eastern Creek Indians’, which is now the Muscogee Nation of Florida;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(12) during the 30-year period preceding the date of enactment of this Act, the Nation has received Federal, State, and local grants, and entered into contracts, to provide services and benefits to members of the Nation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
SEC. 4. FEDERAL RECOGNITION.
(2) APPLICABILITY OF LAWS- All laws (including regulations) of the United States of general applicability to Indians or nations, Indian tribes, or bands of Indians (including the Act of June 18, 1934 (
(1) IN GENERAL- On and after the date of enactment of this Act, the Nation and members shall be eligible for all services and benefits provided by the Federal Government to federally recognized Indian tribes without regard to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS.
(a) In General- The constitution and bylaws of the Nation shall be the constitution and bylaws of the Tribal Council dated January 21, 2001 (including amendments), as submitted to the Secretary for approval on recognition.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) New Constitution and Bylaws- On receipt of a written request of the Tribal Council, the Secretary shall hold a referendum for members for the purpose of adopting a new constitution and bylaws, in accordance with section 16 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (
SEC. 6. TRIBAL COUNCIL.
SEC. 7. MEMBERSHIP ROLL.
The membership roll of the Nation shall be determined in accordance with the membership criteria established by the ordinance of the Nation numbered 04-01-100 and dated February 7, 2004.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink