The 2020 compact extension includes a more flexible deer tag, along with a turkey tag. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation recognizes our tribal compact licenses, which provide Cherokee Nation citizens the same privileges as an annual Oklahoma hunting and fishing license. The dollars generated by the compact will be used by the state for habitat conservation, expanding fish and wildlife management initiatives across our tribal jurisdiction and throughout Oklahoma. This extension has opened the door to nearly $7 million in projected federal funding this year alone, which compliments the tens of millions of dollars in federal funds that have been allocated for wildlife conservation in Oklahoma since the compact was initially adopted.
For the fifth consecutive year, the #CherokeeNation is mailing hunting and fishing licenses to Cherokee citizens residing in Oklahoma. The licenses come on the heels of the 2020 compact renewal.— CherokeeNation (@CherokeeNation) January 16, 2020
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Over the course of the coming year, Cherokee Nation, led by Secretary of Natural Resources Chad Harsha, will continue to negotiate with the state of Oklahoma for a long-term agreement that will better address the needs of Cherokee citizens. We look forward to those discussions and appreciate the state of Oklahoma for being a cooperative partner in this effort. Originally negotiated in 2016, the historic agreement between our tribal government and the state was first of its kind in the nation. We’ve now seen the ripple effect as similar agreements have followed between the state and other Oklahoma tribes, which is something we’re very proud of.
Today I announced that the State of Oklahoma has agreed to a one-year extension with the Cherokee Nation on the hunting and fishing compact. Full update here: https://t.co/nn8NTrRihG pic.twitter.com/CBE57rvIMk— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) December 31, 2019
Hunting and fishing are traditional lifeways for Cherokees that date back generations. These activities are deeply ingrained in our people and communities. Even if you don’t hunt or fish, the license allows tribal citizens access to state land for many other recreational activities, including hiking, photography, horseback riding and camping. The Cherokee Nation-Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Compact reaffirms our sovereignty and reminds us of our inherent right as Cherokees to hunt and fish in Oklahoma, as our ancestors have done for generations. This extension, along with ongoing productive discussions, is a definite win-win for the Cherokee Nation and the state of Oklahoma and makes our state a better place to live for all of us.
Chuck Hoskin Jr. is the 18th elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States. He is only the second elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from Vinita, the first being Thomas Buffington, who served from 1899-1903. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, Hoskin served as the tribe’s Secretary of State. He also formerly served as a member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation, representing District 11 for six years.