(L-R) Front Row: Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Alaina Farris, Cherokee Nation Senior Assistant Attorney General John Young, Cherokee Nation Deputy Attorney General Chrissi Ross Nimmo, U.S. Attorney for Oklahoma’s Northern District Trent Shores, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree, Cherokee Nation Secretary of Natural Resources Sara Hill, Director of the Office of Tribal Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice Tracy Toulou and Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs Wyn Hornbuckle. Back Row: U.S. Attorneys from across the nation who’s districts encompass Indian Country.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation on Tuesday hosted more than 30 U.S. attorneys from across the nation who work in districts involving Indian tribes and tribal land.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District in Tulsa hosted this year’s Native American Issues Subcommittee and held one of its two-day sessions at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.
“The willingness for these U.S. attorneys to hear our needs and then implement and execute policies to make our communities safer has generational impacts,” Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Bill John Baker said. “Positive relations are about more than money. It’s about the relationships we have with the men and women who serve and protect people. The value of these partnerships is immeasurable, and we are so glad they could see firsthand the Cherokee Nation and our support.”
Attorneys discussed tribal law enforcement partnerships with Cherokee Nation marshals and meth and opioid issues in Indian Country along with federal efforts to increase tribal court capacity with the Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s Office.
They also toured the Cherokee Nation tribal complex and Diligwa ancient village at Cherokee Heritage Center and had a traditional hog fry lunch.
“U.S. attorneys are more effective when they understand tribal history and culture. The government to government relationship is of great importance,” said Northern District of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney Trent Shores, who is a Choctaw citizen. “Collaborative partnerships are key to successful law enforcement in Indian Country.”
The attorneys visited the Muscogee Creek Nation on Monday and held work sessions at River Spirit Casino.
“The Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s office is honored to co-host this meeting of U.S. attorneys who put law enforcement and cooperation with tribal governments as high priorities,” Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree said.
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