While President Barack Obama visited Oklahoma the week of March 21, the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes made sure he heard its concerns in wanting the president to reaffirm the tribe’s sovereignty and rightful ownership of tribal lands.
“We ask that President Obama finally recognize what so many generations of our ancestors have been fighting for: our right to our tribal lands,” said tribal Gov. Janice Boswell in a tribal press release. “He should do it not for politics, and not for money, but because it is the right thing to do. If you want hope and change, Mr. President, you can bring it to Oklahoma with a stroke of your pen.”
The lands in question are that of the Fort Reno Military Reservation, the traditional and historic land of the tribe according to the release.
The tribe in reclaiming the land to no avail has put extensive efforts forth. Leaving the tribe with concerns that larger tribes within Oklahoma are receiving preferential treatment.