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Road to Nowhere Funding Hearing

road-to-knowhere-2Republican Congressman Mark Meadows and former Democratic Congressman from the 11th district  Heath Shuler teamed up Tuesday morning in asking the House sub-committee to pay Swain County money set aside for the “Road to Nowhere”.

Shuler released a written statement saying the US Department of Interior has been shortchanging the residents of Swain County over the North Shore Road since 1943.

Congress approved funds in 2012 but they have not been given to the county yet.If the sub-committee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations agrees, the bill will go to the US House for a vote.

The National Park Service is sitting on 4 million appropriated in 2012 that was meant for the county as part of a settlement with the federal government over a road it agreed to build along the North Shore of Fontana Lake in 1943.

The road was never completed and the government promised to pay the county 52 million instead of building it in 2010 after decades of debate. The county got an initial payment of 12.8 million but the House must approve the other 4 million for release.

 

NC Congressman Mark Meadows Opens the First Congressional Office on an Indian Reservation

 

(left to right) Vice Chief Larry Blythe, Tribal Council member Tommye Saunooke, Principal Chief Michell Hicks, Congressman Mark Meadows and Tribal Council member "B" Ensley.

(left to right) Vice Chief Larry Blythe, Tribal Council member Tommye Saunooke, Principal Chief Michell Hicks, Congressman Mark Meadows and Tribal Council member “B” Ensley.

On Tuesday congressman Mark Meadows made history when he and his staff opened the first ever congressional office on an Indian reservation. Tuesdays opening of the congressional office in Cherokee, North Carolina was attended by many tribal members including Chief Michell Hicks. When asked about his comments on this first ever event Chief Hicks had this to say; “The congressman proposed it to me a number of months ago, I told him was an excellent idea. With the job base we have here in Cherokee and the partnerships with the surrounding counties I think it would be a good idea to have an office here”.  When asked if he thought if congress members not only in our area but also across the country would follow this example Chief Hicks was quoted as saying; “I don’t think there’s any question in my mind. He’s taking a huge step and I think we are going to see a number of these offices spread out in the United States and I think that’s something that’s going to be part of any future congressman’s platform”. In an earlier interview with the Cherokee One Feather Congressman Mark Meadows had the following to say; “Constituent service is my top priority. By holding office hours in all 17 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, my staff and I will be able to better serve western North Carolinians.  Constituents can set up meetings at any of the district office locations to receive help with anything from navigating the federal government to assistance with their Social Security and Medicare.  My staff and I are dedicated to assisting constituents whenever and wherever they need us.” Cherokee’s office will be located in the Ginger Lynn Welch Complex and office hours will be the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10am – 12pm and 1-3pm.