A bill for the nearly $3 billion the federal Treasury paid to buy land and other property from the Cherokee Nation will be paid over time, the president said in an address to tribal leaders in Greene County, Ind.
I’m asking Congress to pay it over time,” Trump said, referring to the $2.9 billion that was paid last year.
The federal government’s payment to the tribe is the first installment of a larger bill to buy and develop about 4,000 acres that are part of the Cherokee National Historic Landmark.
“It will not be easy. “
As the last of the last Cherokee, I know what it takes to save this place,” Trump told tribal leaders.
“It will not be easy.
But it will be worth it.”
We are asking Congress for the support of every American to save our historic home, our heritage, and to protect our lands and waters from further damage,” Trump added.
Trump said the government will use $2 billion from the tribal sales to help cover the cost of restoring the land to its pre-disaster condition, with the remaining $1 billion to be used for restoration and conservation efforts.
During the address, Trump said the tribes will use the money to improve water and sanitation facilities, build roads and schools, and create jobs.
Today, we’re proud of the hard work we have done,” Archambaults said in the address. “
The tribe has been working tirelessly to preserve our nation’s most important historic sites, such as the Green River, and the Cherokee-owned land,” said the report, authored by former Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. Indian Affairs Secretary Dave Archambault II praised the federal agencies work on the land, saying that the government is now working with tribal leaders to “establish the next phase of a long-term commitment to the preservation of the Green, the River and the surrounding land.”
“Today, we’re proud of the hard work we have done,” Archambaults said in the address.
“Today, our people and our communities are united.”
The sale of the land began in 2015 and is expected to end in 2021.
This is the second time the federal Bureau of Land Management has sold the land in the past few years.
In 2014, the agency sold about 4.4 million acres in southern Kentucky.
The land in Greene was sold by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to a private company in 2017 for $1.4 billion.
More than 4,700 tribal members and tribal leaders attended the address on Friday.