Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn and Jacque Secondine Hensley, the state of Oklahomaâ€™s tribal liaison and a representative from the Native Times.
â€œItâ€™s (the Citizen Potawatomi Nationâ€™s new leasing regulations) a great illustration of an Indian nation of doing a really good job of governance, economic development and thinking long-term about how do we support tribal members, build economic activity and take advantage of some of the efforts made by people like Congressman Cole, President Obama and Kevin Washburn and his predecessors to streamline regulations and make it easier for tribes to govern themselves,â€ Jewell said.
from Oklahomaâ€™s Fourth Congressional District.
also cosponsored H.R. 2319.
to sign the agreement that allows the tribe greater control in leasing their trust lands.
Todayâ€™s formal approval of leasing regulations for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation will pave the way for just that,â€ said Congressman Tom Cole, who attended the ceremony and was a cosponsor of the HEARTH Act. â€œThis is not only beneficial for tribal governments, but the entire state of Oklahoma will feel the positive impact of increased economic activity.
"They saved lives and they won battles," said Cole
, himself a member of the Chickasaw Nation