DURANT – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton released the following statement regarding Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s comments to Tucker Carlson on Fox News.
“Once again, Gov. Stitt has chosen to blatantly misrepresent the issues involved in the McGirt decision and its impact,” Batton said. “Rather than cooperating with tribes to ensure public safety, he spreads falsehoods, misinformation and racist ideas.”
“The Choctaw Nation has added more than 120 new public safety positions since the McGirt ruling, including 38 police officers, and our prosecutors filed 622 felony cases in 2021,” Batton said. “While some cases have moved from state to tribal or federal courts, the Choctaw Nation and other tribes are doing their duty and holding perpetrators accountable.”
“Tribal nations, along with our intergovernmental partners, continue to ensure the safety of our communities and our neighbors, and we have expanded our criminal justice systems to handle our increased obligations.We have dozens of agreements in place that allow law enforcement officers to continue to do their jobs, and we are disappointed the governor continues to lie and denigrate that work.”