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November 16, 2013

Native American leaders meet with President Obama

NORMAN — WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby was among 12 Native American leaders who conferred with President Barack Obama Nov. 12 at the White House prior to Wednesday’s White House Tribal Nations Conference.

“Historically, effective communication between tribal leaders and the federal government is vital to a productive government-to-government relationship,” Gov. Anoatubby said following the meeting.

“President Obama’s administration has worked closely with tribal leaders to implement a number of policies which have helped enhance the quality of life of Native Americans. He has developed a tribal consultation policy enabling leaders of American Indian tribes to have meaningful input into the development of policies which have enhanced housing, health care, education, economic development and law enforcement services in Indian Country.

“This meeting to discuss vital policy issues affecting Native Americans directly with President Obama is further evidence the president is committed to continuing to develop that relationship,” the longtime Chickasaw Nation leader added.

President Obama, administration officials and tribal leaders discussed job creation, economic development in tribal communities and other issues of importance to Native Americans.

The White House blog post about the meeting can be found at the following address.

Cole Appointed as Legislative Branch Chairman: Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. Along with its counterpart in the Senate Appropriations Committee, this House subcommittee oversees funding for the House of Representatives, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress, Capitol Police, Congressional Budget Office, Government Printing Office, Government Accountability Office and House committees.

 “I am honored to be appointed as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee,” said Cole.

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