Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued a statement Thursday in response to Governor Kevin Stitt’s Tulsa Regional Chamber State of the State speech addressing the historic U.S. Supreme Court McGirt decision.
“Governor Stitt had an opportunity to be a leader and to join with tribes and local, state and federal officials to protect public safety. Instead he continues to undermine that cooperation with scare tactics and divisive language about McGirt.
It’s disappointing to hear a governor of Oklahoma fail to understand the basic facts of the state’s relationship with tribes. But that is consistent with how he and his new attorney general have approached McGirt: it’s never been about the facts or about supporting victims, but about undermining tribal sovereignty.
When Governor Stitt’s attempt to have the U.S. break its treaty obligations and demand the Supreme Court reverse its year-old decision fails, we hope he will join his fellow Oklahomans in seeking justice and public safety rather than political theater. In the meantime, we will continue to work cooperatively to support our people and everyone throughout the state.”
-- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and has inherent sovereign status recognized by treaty and law. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. With more than 390,000 citizens, 11,000 employees and a variety of tribal enterprises ranging from aerospace and defense contracts to entertainment venues, Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma and is among the largest tribal nations in the United States.
To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org.