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Reservations to receive FEMA trailers
AP via Yahoo.com ^ | Fri June 22, 2007 | MARY CLARE JALONICK

Posted on 06/23/2007 7:18:49 AM PDT by posterchild

WASHINGTON - American Indian tribes throughout the country will receive 2,000 unused trailers that were intended for but never given to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Thousands of trailers have been idling in Arkansas and Texas, prompting criticism about government waste. They originally were purchased to house people displaced by the hurricane, but FEMA officials said regulations against placing the homes in flood plains prevented their use on the Gulf Coast.

Last year, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., urged the agency to donate the trailers to American Indian country, but the agency said federal law dictated the trailers must be used for disaster victims. In September, Johnson pushed through legislation allowing FEMA to sell or donate the trailers.

Nine months later, the trailers will finally be distributed, Johnson said in a statement issued by his office Friday.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: americanindian; americanindians; fema; fematrailers; katrina; katrinavictims

1 posted on 06/23/2007 7:18:49 AM PDT by posterchild
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To: posterchild
"Last year, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., urged the agency to donate the trailers to American Indian country"

Wow, he's a generous guy!

2 posted on 06/23/2007 7:22:05 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: robertpaulsen
Tim, How about honoring your treaties and letting American Indian tribes freely start and run businesses from their land instead of having to spend millions on paperwork and lawyers, something that smaller tribes cannot afford.
3 posted on 06/23/2007 7:29:31 AM PDT by mnehring (Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit)
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To: posterchild
"Johnson said in a statement issued by his office Friday."

His office speaks. Which is probably more than you can say about the senator himself.

4 posted on 06/23/2007 7:30:13 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: robertpaulsen
hey, no problemo.

After all, it’s just tax payer money.

It’s not like anybody has to pay real money for the trailers.

sarcasm off:

5 posted on 06/23/2007 7:30:19 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: PeteB570
Well,since the trailers had already been bought by the government,better to give them to the Indians than allow the trailers to rot away ,or worse ,be sold to the public and depress the trailer market.Just as all those WW2 jeeps were bulldozed and deep-sixed so as not to depress the post war demand for pickup trucks and cars.

Of course,giving them the trailers also reinforces their dependency on the federal government.

6 posted on 06/23/2007 7:36:07 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: posterchild

Sad to say that while these trailers might be needed to replace substandard housing in Pine Ridge and on other reservations, within 6 months they will be largely trashed. The reservations have rampant drug and substance abuse problems as well as an increasing gang presence that seems to destroy the very things the people need most. It is not uncommon to see reservation housing with plumbing fixtures, wiring and furnaces ripped out and sold to support alcohol and drug habits.


7 posted on 06/23/2007 7:40:11 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: posterchild
In September, Johnson pushed through legislation allowing FEMA to sell or donate the trailers.

But nobody could push through legislation to allow them to be placed in flood plains so they could be used for what they were originally intended?

8 posted on 06/23/2007 7:44:54 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: hoosierham

Like many govt giveaways though, I’d expect that these trailers will go to those who are most politically connected rather than those who truly need them. They just might show up on ebay being sold by the recipient.

I don’t agree that putting them on the market is bad and they shall be destroyed. It’s like breaking a window and repairing it just to create economic demand. In the end it’s merely wasted time and resources rather than creation of something new and the deployment of resurces that could be used elsewhere.


9 posted on 06/23/2007 7:46:41 AM PDT by posterchild (How did trees absorb CO2 before carbon funds started collecting money to manage the process?)
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To: The Great RJ

Dang, I was going to give the trailers a life expectancy of 3 years. Maybe a few will last that long.

OTOH, how about giving the trailers to the Iraqi immigrants we expect out here in Utah any day now, going to start making a new life in a Muslim camp at the gubmint’s expense?


10 posted on 06/23/2007 7:48:30 AM PDT by Sundog (It's a good day for a catharsis.)
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To: posterchild

” donate the trailers to American Indian country, “

Why should they be “given” to anyone.
They should be sold like any govt surplus property to get some of the taxpayer’s money back.


11 posted on 06/23/2007 7:50:07 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: robertpaulsen

The IT department I work for was going to get one since they were giving them away for free. We later found out it would cost thousands of dollars for shipping so we dropped the idea.


12 posted on 06/23/2007 7:52:42 AM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: posterchild

Are these the same trailers that were on the news for being chock full for formaldehyde? Breathe deeply my Indian friends... by the way, do you want any of these blankets fresh from the CDC?


13 posted on 06/23/2007 7:57:04 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (A base looking for a party.)
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To: KoRn

Yeah, that “shipping and handling” will get you every time.


14 posted on 06/23/2007 8:01:24 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: KarlInOhio

I was wondering about that too. What happened to the formaldehyde thing? Did it dissappear.
We wouldnt want to be accused of giving the Indians Small Pox blankets again.


15 posted on 06/23/2007 8:51:32 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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To: posterchild
"American Indian tribes throughout the country will receive 2,000 unused trailers that were intended for but never given to Hurricane Katrina victims."

Coming soon to a casino parking lot near you!

(Although less affluent tribes could set them up as road side tax-free cigarette outlets.)

16 posted on 06/23/2007 9:01:49 AM PDT by norton
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To: posterchild

The federal government will have to pay millions to have these trailers shipped vast distances to the reservations.


17 posted on 06/23/2007 9:17:16 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: posterchild
While we are on the subject of vast amounts of federal dollars wasted on Katrina....What happened to the millions of dollars of ice bought and transported all over the country for Katrina victims?

The last reports I read said FEMA had spent over $200 million on ice (I am not making this up) that went unused and apparently may still be racking up immense storage charges in refrigerated storage facilities all over the country.

I remember the stories of complaints that trucks and drivers were sitting for days at truck stops with refrigerated loads waiting to go somewhere.

Trucking companies demanded their trucks and drivers be freed to pick up other loads. In some cases, truckloads of ice went back and forth for several weeks without a delivery destination. It was The Three Stooges in the "Great Ice Fiasco."

18 posted on 06/23/2007 9:26:36 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: posterchild

I was thinking the other day that if Indian tribes can set up casino’s outside of state law and can sell tobacco without state sales taxes then what is to prevent them from creating legal brothels on Indian Reservations.

Those trailers could come in handy.


19 posted on 06/23/2007 9:27:27 AM PDT by Swiss
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To: HereInTheHeartland
“Why should they be “given” to anyone.
They should be sold like any govt surplus property to get some of the taxpayer’s money back.”

-Agreed!

20 posted on 06/23/2007 9:50:41 AM PDT by WashingtonStateRepublican
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To: Swiss
Well,the Great White Father in Washington promised the Indians that their nations would be recognized as such.As sovreign nations they shouldn't have to pay any attention to state laws.

Hint to Indians:white man speak with forked tongue.....

21 posted on 06/23/2007 2:48:03 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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