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Oklahoma attorney general, Muscogee officials have phone conversation

Oklahoma attorney general, Muscogee officials have phone conversation

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Two high-ranking tribal officials have held a phone conversation with Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor, the Muscogee Nation said Thursday in a written statement.

“The Muscogee Nation today initiated a discussion with Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor,” the statement says. “The approximately 35-minute telephone discussion with O’Connor included … Acting Attorney General Kyle Haskins and Joe Williams, counsel for Principal Chief David Hill.”

The Muscogee Nation is among the many tribes that have been largely incommunicado with state administration officials over the past three years, and particularly since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 McGirt decision.

That ruling effectively expanded the scope of tribal and federal jurisdictions in eastern Oklahoma, much to the chagrin of Gov. Kevin Stitt and many district attorneys.

“The purpose of the discussion was to establish clear lines of direct communications between the justice departments of both sovereign governments,” says the Muscogee statement.

Haskins said: “The conversation with Attorney General O’Connor was meaningful and a good-faith attempt by all involved to develop an open and professional relationship that will permit future understanding and collaboration on safety issues for the betterment of all Oklahomans. We are hopeful that a door has been opened between reasonable people to improve Oklahoma’s relationship with the Muscogee Nation.”

The teleconference came after O’Connor, earlier in the week, said he is trying to reestablish contact with tribal leaders.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt ended the "McGirt v. Oklahoma Community Forum" roughly an hour earlier than planned July 13, descending from the podium to jeers and chants of "Shame on you" due to audience members' belief that prosecutors disrespected tribal sovereignty.


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