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Oklahoma Gov. Stitt, attorney general are 'enemies of sovereignty,' Cherokee leader says

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt, attorney general are 'enemies of sovereignty,' Cherokee leader says

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James Floyd (from left), chief of the Muscogee Nation at the time, Choctaw Chief Gary Batton, then-Seminole Chief Greg Chilcoat, Cherokee Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby are pictured at the Tulsa World in 2019 during a visit to discuss their standoff with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Monday's remarks at the annual Sovereignty Symposium were the latest in the entrenched public debate between Stitt and tribes, which dates back almost since his election in 2018. Tensions flared in 2019 when he tried to force tribes to renegotiate agreements that spell out how much money the state receives from their casinos.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tribal leaders agree Gov. Kevin Stitt has exaggerated claims that a landmark Supreme Court ruling created “dysfunctional chaos” are exaggerated. Cherokee Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., during a virtual symposium on Indian law, called Stitt and Oklahoma’s attorney general “enemies of sovereignty.”

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and a panel of district attorneys sought July 13 to explain their views on how the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt decision had unintended consequences for victims of crime regardless of tribal citizenship.


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