The first meeting of the Kickpoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas and the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas since 1854 was hosted by the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma in McLoud, Okla. Sept. 17.
The meeting was organized to discuss the Kickapoos common issues and to see if they can come together to address their concerns.
Topics involved treaty issues, border crossing, land into trust issues and traditional issues.
The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas also presented their participation in the class action lawsuit filed by the Native American Rights Fund on behalf of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes seeking full and complete accounting of trust funds that the United States government holds as trustee for the tribes.
The lawsuit, filed before a Dec. 31, 2006 deadline set by Congress, names 12 tribes as plantiffs. In December 2008, an additional 30 tribes joined the lawsuit under NARF’s representation.