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March 4, 2014

Native American cabinet position proposed in Okla.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tribal leaders in Oklahoma say a proposal to create a cabinet-level position focusing on Native American affairs within the governor’s office would be a positive step in improving the relationships between the state and its 39 tribes.

Democratic Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita introduced the bill that elevates the Oklahoma Native American liaison to a cabinet-level position.

He says the state’s tribes desire a stronger government-to-government relationship and a cabinet-level position will provide that.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett says anything that promotes cooperation and a partnership between the state and Indian tribes is a positive step.

The General Government Committee approved the bill by a 9-1 vote on Feb. 20.

The measure is House Bill 1305.

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