Friday, January 05, 2007

United Indian Nations of Oklahoma January Meeting

The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma (UINO) will be hosting its first meeting of 2007 on January 10th in Oklahoma City. The day-long meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. at the OKC Marriott Hotel located on Northwest Expressway.

“This meeting will be an opportunity to get informed on some of the critical issues facing Oklahoma Indian communities – protecting our tribal sovereignty, securing adequate education and health care funding, establishing tobacco compact agreements, fighting the war on methamphetamines, growing our tribal and state economies, and finding a solution to the federal trust mismanagement case,” UINO President George Tiger said. “The meetings of the United Indian Nations of Oklahoma are a true opportunity for dialogue and ideas. Regardless of enrollment size, all Oklahoma tribes share the same concerns – protecting and providing for our people.”

In addition, tribal leaders and state legislators will discuss the 2007 legislative agenda and what it means to tribal governments and the state of Oklahoma. The discussion will be led by Barbara Warner, executive Director of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. State Representative Lisa Billy will provide an update of the expanding Native American Tribal Caucus in the state legislature. The Native American Caucus is a bi-partisan coalition of State Representatives.

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