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Indian police academy graduates made history

Twenty young men and women made history in Oklahoma 25 years ago as graduates of the first and only U.S. Indian Police Academy in the state.

The academy was created at Chilocco Indian School in response to concerns over criminal law enforcement on tribal lands. A state court had ruled that the state lacked jurisdiction to try Indians.

Some of the graduates of the academy went on to prominent roles in Indian law enforcement. George Harjo Jr. serves as Sac and Fox Nation's police chief. Truman Carter, Sac and Fox, helped negotiate the first law enforcement agreement between a county and tribe in the state.

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First graduates recall academy's impact (The Daily Oklahoman 7/25)