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Obama Program Attacks Native Americans

posted January 14, 2015

OBAMA PROGRAM ATTACKS NATIVE AMERICANS

Operation Choke Point threatens Native Americans’ ability to provide families with healthcare, education, and jobs

January 14, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – The US Consumer Coalition has released its most recent Operation Choke Point victim as part of its Whistleblower program. The Otoe-Missouria tribe of Oklahoma submitted their story through the USCC Whistleblower response website. Over the last year, the tribe has been the victim of Operation Choke Point and has lost payment processors and bank accounts at the hand of US banking regulators.

“Operation Choke Point has negatively impacted our businesses in several key ways, which unfortunately limits our ability to provide services for our people and the surrounding community. We have had two banks close our bank accounts; US Bank earlier this year, and more recently Missouri Bank & Trust.” – Chairman John Shotton, Otoe-Missouria Tribe.

The Otoe-Missouria tribe reports that it has tribally-owned enterprises in at least two of the industries identified as targets of Operation Choke Point – Gaming and Short-Term Loans. The tribe also has operations in propane, a sector which the Administration has taken action against in the last six years.

“This story represents a new phase in the progression of Operation Choke Point. No longer are the victims of this dangerous program just America’s small businesses, but the program is now attacking sovereign nations,” said Brian Wise, Senior Advisor to the US Consumer Coalition. “We owe it to America’s Native Americans to treat them better than this. The Administration must stop this attack on Native American tribes who are only trying to take care of their own people with innovative economic development opportunities.”

Read the full story here.

 

Contact:
Rob Damschen
(202) 617-6155
media@usconsumers.org