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November 28, 2012

Tribal relations

OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials from about 20 of Oklahoma’s federally recognized Native American tribes joined Gov. Mary Fallin, who led a special ceremony to recognize a national proclamation of November as Native American Heritage Month.

Tuesday’s ceremony was well received by tribal officials, who have seen the governor’s office entangled in a lawsuit with two of the state’s largest tribes — the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations — over water rights in southeastern Oklahoma.

Fallin’s office also pushed a bill to eliminate the state’s Indian Affairs Commission, which the legislature approved in 2011, and replace the state agency with a Native American liaison post in her office.

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