DURANT – Chief Gary Batton released the following statement in response to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s state-of-the-state address.
“We appreciate Gov. Stitt’s acknowledgement of recent agreements with some tribes, and the Choctaw Nation remains committed to cooperation to improve life for all Oklahomans,” Batton said. “Unfortunately, the governor continues to fight over legal matters that have been settled by the U.S. Supreme Court and use divisive language when talking about tribes and our members. Too often, he appears not to understand how to work with an equal partner for the benefit of all.”
“The Choctaw Nation is focused on taking care of our tribal members and the communities we live in while creating positive relationships with all our neighbors,” Batton said.