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Tulsa Mayoral Candidate Monroe Nichols announces plan to appoint Director of Tribal Policy and Partnerships

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October 9, 2023


The city of Tulsa joins cities and states across the country in commemorating Oct. 9 as Native American Day or Indigenous Peoples Day


TULSA, OK – State Representative and Tulsa mayoral candidate Monroe Nichols commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day by reaffirming his ongoing commitment to deepen relationships with tribal governments, looking ahead to further strengthening these partnerships as the city's mayor.


Citing the many contributions and partnerships tribal nations bring to the region economically and culturally, Nichols announced he would appoint a Director of Tribal Policy and Partnerships if elected Tulsa mayor. Amid increased tensions and strained relations between the state of Oklahoma and tribal nations, Nichols instead called for unity.


“Given the land we are all blessed to inhabit and share, I believe a strong Tulsa is only possible with solemn acknowledgment of tribal sovereignty,” Nichols said. “Securing a better, stronger future for Tulsa must come with action,genuine commitment, and leadership. The appointment of a senior official in the mayor’s office specifically focused on partnerships with tribal governments is a critical step. 


“In a post-McGirt world, Tulsa is unique. We are the largest metro area in the United States that is also home to some of the largest federally recognized tribes in the country,” Nichols said. “That means we have immense legal and technical issues to tackle, but it also means we all still live, work, attend school and fellowship with one another, so we must tackle those issues together and with purpose - not in court, but in partnership. Working with our shared resources, we can end homelessness, invest in education, expand our economy and most importantly, ensure Tulsa is the safest big city in America. Placing a Director of Tribal Policy and Partnerships at the highest levels of my administration will help us get there, and I’m so pleased to make this important announcement on Indigenous People’s Day.” 

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About State Rep. Monroe Nichols:

Monroe Nichols has been a leading voice on education, healthcare, criminal justice reform, and economic growth. A four-term legislator, Nichols is an established leader in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and serves as the current chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus. Nichols brings a wealth of experience from government, business, higher-education, and non-profit sectors. Nichols has been recognized with numerous awards for his public service. As mayor, Monroe will work tirelessly to end homelessness, invest in education, expand our economy, and ensure Tulsa is the safest big city in America.


Contact: 

Dana Walton, Campaign Manager 

(307) 258-1825

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