The Norman Transcript


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.

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints




Must Read


Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow