March 09, 2012
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— After being inactive for several years, the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is making a comeback.
During the recent winter session of the National Congress of American Indians, Principal Chief Bill John Baker met with leaders of the Muscogee (Creek), Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole nations to discuss resurrecting the dormant organization.
“We are a major force in Oklahoma,” Baker said. “It makes sense that we work together whenever possible to advance the needs of our people and communities.”
Established in 1949, the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes was established to promote positive relationships among five of Oklahoma’s largest tribes while acknowledging the need for a united front from tribal leaders on a variety of issues, including sovereignty, health care, water rights, housing and elder care.
Among the revitalized council’s short-term goals are bringing assistant Secretary of Interior Larry Echo Hawk to Oklahoma to meet with officials from the more than 20 tribes headquartered in eastern Oklahoma.
As a first step to launching the revived organization, the five leaders selected Muscogee (Creek) principal chief George Tiger as president and Baker as vice president.
“With all of the hot-button issues going on in Indian Country today, I am honored that my fellow chiefs have asked Chief Tiger and I to take the lead on re-instituting the inter-tribal council,” Baker said. “Chief Tiger has demonstrated his commitment to make this organization work and I share that enthusiasm.”
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