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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at the Choctaw Nation headquarters in Durant, Okla. on Oct. 6, 2015.
Choctaw Nation

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations agreed to a settlement on Tuesday to end long-running litigation regarding a lawsuit filed by the tribes regarding federal handling of tribal resources and funds held in government trust.

Speaking at the ceremonial signing on Tuesday at Choctaw headquarters in Durant, Oklahoma, Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, said the settlement was a milestone in tribal and federal relations.

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger

Updated September 10, 2015 at 11:47 a.m:

The principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation says he won’t sign a resolution asking the Carter Center Democracy Program to monitor the tribe’s next election. The tribe’s National Council passed the measure at an emergency session on Tuesday with a vote of 9 to 6.


In a written statement, principal chief George Tiger said the tribe's election process is outlined in the Muscogee (Creek) laws and constitution. He wants to be careful about protecting the tribe's sovereignty.

Oklahoma Tax Commission

A federal appeals court says Oklahoma's standard license plates, which show an Apache warrior shooting an arrow into the sky, do not contain a religious message.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Tuesday upheld an Oklahomafederal judge who had tossed out a Bethany pastor's lawsuit against the state. Keith Cressman said the plate endorsed a polytheistic religion.

The plate was inspired by Allan Houser's "Sacred Rain Arrow" statue, but the 10th Circuit noted a state task force in 2007 wanted a new plate to market Oklahoma to potential tourists.

Ted Eytan / Flickr

The majority of tribal nations across the country do not recognize same sex marriage. Because of tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality does not apply.

Many gay tribal members are struggling to balance celebration for LGBTQ members across the states and the sting that comes with knowing they may not be able to marry within their own nation.


The seal of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation

The nonprofit Carter Center says it won't be observing this year's upcoming Cherokee elections as in past years.

The Atlanta-based center says the Cherokee Nation Election Commission decided against inviting the center to observe the June 27 elections.

The Carter Center observed elections for the Cherokee Nation in 1999 and 2011 — a controversial election that continued into the fall before a new chief of the Cherokees was known.

National Archives And Records Administration

Jim Thorpe. One of the greatest athletes of the 20th century – if not the greatest. After winning two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics, Sweden’s King Gustav V reportedly told him, “You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world.”

Thorpe’s response? “Thanks.”

Susan Shannon

The Jacobson House Native Art Center is a place with a lot of history. The late Swedish-born artist Oscar Brousse Jacobson built the house during his tenure as the first Director of the University of Oklahoma's School of Art. Jacobson had a deep appreciation for the landscapes and occupants of the American Southwest.

Need A Job? The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Wants You

May 11, 2013
courtesy of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is looking to expand its business enterprises by adding on a hotel to the Grand Casino. And the by-product of this expansion is jobs.

In addition to preparing for the opening of the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort , Paul Vanraamsdonk, Director of hotel operations, says the tribe is planning a job fair to fill those positions.