OKLAHOMA CITY — From a press release from Joy Hofmeister for Governor, leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Muscogee, Choctaw, and Seminole Nations gathered in Oklahoma City to share their official joint endorsement of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister as Oklahoma’s next Governor, citing her respect for tribal sovereignty and her commitment to work with the state’s nearly 40 federally recognized tribes for the betterment of all Oklahomans.
“The bond we have with the 39 tribal nations who call our state home is one of Oklahoma’s greatest competitive advantages and what makes Oklahoma entirely unique. As Governor, I will embrace that bond, not break it.
We all benefit from the tribes’ rich history, traditions, culture, and people. I will respect the sovereignty of the tribes, not waste your precious tax dollars fighting losing battles with tribal governments. And I will keep our state’s promises so we can foster a better future for all of us,” Hofmeister said.
The Five Tribes represent more than 800,000 citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Muscogee, Choctaw and Seminole Nations living around the country.
“As a gubernatorial candidate, Joy Hofmeister recognizes that we all want the same things: safe communities, a strong economy, a stable workforce, well-funded education, investments in our infrastructure, and a continued focus on health and wellness, family, and community. When it comes to working with the tribal nations in Oklahoma, she understands our sovereignty is not a partisan issue or a threat, but instead is a chance to forge new partnerships while strengthening those that already exist because Oklahomans thrive together when we all work together. This year’s Oklahoma gubernatorial election is the most important in generations for all Oklahomans, and that’s why leaders of the Five Tribes are endorsing Joy Hofmeister to be Oklahoma’s 29th Governor,” the Five Tribes leaders said.
“The sovereign rights and self-determination of Tribal Nations have led to progress and improvements in our local communities that help us all live healthier, safer, more fulfilling lives. We can find common ground, re-establish trust and put partisan games aside for the good of our state,” said Hofmeister.