Tribes seeking to trade with Turkey

Native American tribal leaders are seeking trade ties with Turkish companies who have offered tribes tax incentives.

The president of the Turkish Coalition of America organized a trip in which leaders of 17 American Indian tribes were welcomed by the Turkish government, and were working to bolster trade ties with the United States.

The Turkish minister for foreign trade met the U.S. delegation in Istanbul to discuss areas of possible cooperation in tourism and construction. The delegation was also scheduled to visit the Turkish Contractors Association in Ankara.

“Ten years from now, I hope that we will be meeting as business partners, not just people pursuing business opportunities,” Michael Finley, chairman of the Tribes of Colville Reservation in eastern Washington state, said after meeting the minister in Istanbul.

The delegation, including seven tribal leaders, chief executive officers of Native American companies as well as casino operators and Indian affairs experts, also visited some Turkish universities to discuss scholarships available to support Native Americans. The Turkish Coalition of America offers its own scholarships to study in Turkey to up to 100 American minority students each year.

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