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Oklahoma seizes tobacco products headed for Muscogee Nation (12/15)
The state of Oklahoma seized tobacco from a delivery van believed to be owned by the Muscogee Nation, The Tulsa World reported. The van was carrying cigarettes without state tax stamps, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. More than $150,000...

Muscogee Nation still holding out on compact for cigarette taxes (12/14)
The Muscogee Nation is still declining to enter into a tobacco tax compact with the state of Oklahoma. The tribe has been accused of selling cigarettes without proper tax stamps. State Treasurer Scott Meacham says the tobacco is coming from...

Muscogee Nation chief to ask Obama for apology at tribal summit (11/22)
A.D. Ellis, the principal chief of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, wants President Barack Obama to apologize for the federal government's mistreatment of Native peoples. In 2009, Obama signed a bill that included an official apology from the U.S. But...

Muscogee Nation to meet once again in historic council building (11/15)
The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma will once again hold council meetings in its historic capitol building. The first meeting takes place this Saturday. That's the day the tribe officially celebrates the return of the council house that it built in...

Muscogee Nation set to retake possession of historic council home (11/09)
The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma is set to retake possession of its historic council house. The two-story brick structure served as the tribe's capitol from 1878 until 1907. In 1919, the building was sold to the city of Okmulgee,...

Not much action on bill to recognize Muscogee Nation of Florida (10/01)
The Muscogee Nation of Florida hasn't seen much action on its federal recognition bill. S.530 and H.R.1899 were introduced in early 2009. But neither the House nor the Senate have held a hearing on the bill although Chief Ann Tucker...

Muscogee Nation cites long history with U.S. Marshals Service (09/15)
The Muscogee Nation has been cooperating with the U.S. Marshals Service since the 1800s, a tribal official said. The tribe brought its law enforcement agency to Oklahoma during the forced removal period. Tribal officers often became cross-deputized as federal marshals....

Long-running Indian public affairs television program cancelled (08/31)
Inside Native America, the longest-running Indian public affairs television program in the nation, has been canceled. George Tiger, a member of the Muscogee Nation, hosted the show for more than 30 years. His last broadcast is September 5. “My whole...

Podcast: Author examines Indian land ownership in Oklahoma (08/12)
"David A. Chang teaches history at the University of Minnesota and is the author of The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929, out now from the University of North Carolina Press....

Muscogee Nation ready to register offenders within jurisdiction (08/11)
The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma plans to have its sex offender registration system up and running within the next month or so. The tribe will register offenders who live on Indian land within its 11-county area. The effort will be...

Creek Nation donated to both Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls (07/27)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation donated to both Democratic candidates for governor in Oklahoma. The tribe donated $2,000 to Attorney General Drew Edmondson and $2,000 to Lt. Gov. Jari Askins. The two face off in a primary today. The tribe is...

Muscogee Nation loses case on state seizure of tobacco products (07/19)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation lost a ruling in its tobacco taxation battle with the state of Oklahoma. The tribe sued after trucks carrying tobacco products were stopped and searched by state officers on state highways. The Oklahoma Tax Commission was...

House approves Pueblo jurisdiction, Creek land-into-trust bills (07/01)
The House voted Wednesday to pass two Indian land bills. H.R.4445, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act, clarifies a land and jurisdiction issue for the Indian Pueblo Council Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was placed in trust by...

House Resources Committee markup for Indian, Native bills (06/16)
The House Natural Resources Committee holds an open markup session this morning. The session takes place at 10am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building and will be broadcast on the Internet. The agenda includes two tribal bills...

House Resource Committee markup includes three land bills (06/11)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold an open markup session next Wednesday, June 16. Two of the bills on the agenda address tribal land issues. H.R.4445, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act, clarifies a land and jurisdiction issue...

Creek chief fires enterprise executives and board members (06/08)
A.D. Ellis, the chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, recently fired the top two executives at the tribe's economic development enterprise and dismissed four board members. Ellis took action in April after he said an audit revealed excessive...

Muscogee Nation weighs stance on Arizona immigration law (05/13)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation council is considering a resolution that condemns Arizona's new anti-immigration law. The resolution states that the tribe "opposes laws and policies that unfairly target minorities and supports other tribal nations that challenge these bills," The Tulsa...

Audio: House Resources Committee hearing on land bills (04/21)
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this morning on three bills. Two of the bills address tribal land issues. H.R.4445, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act, clarifies a land and jurisdiction issue for the Indian Pueblo Council...

Witness list for House Resources hearing on Indian bills (04/20)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on three Indian bills. The hearing takes place at 10am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. It will be webcast. The committee will consider H.R.4445, the Indian...

Editorial: Tulsa ought to consider Muscogee Nation bridge (04/02)
"An official with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Trade and Commerce Authority confirmed for the first time publicly that the tribe indeed plans to build a toll bridge across the Arkansas River from 131st Street in Jenks to about 121st Street...

Muscogee Nation plans $1B investment in Tulsa projects (03/31)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation plans to invest $1 billion in economic development projects in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a tribal executive said. The projects are centered around land the tribe owns along the Arkansas River. Options include a hotel, retail center, housing...

Editorial: Muscogee Nation taxation battle worth the fight (03/29)
"The state of Oklahoma has won its latest round in a court fight with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Here’s hoping final judgment goes the state’s way, too. Late last week, a federal judge rejected the Creeks’ request for an injunction...

Judge won't stop state from going after Creek cigarettes (03/24)
A federal judge refused to bar the state of Oklahoma from seizing tobacco products being sold within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The tribe asked for a preliminary injunction, citing interference with in its dealings with other Indian businesses. But the...

Creek Nation wants to buy back historic council building (03/17)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma is seeking to reacquire its historic council building. The Creek Council House was the tribe's original capital. It was established in 1878 but taken by the federal government and sold to the city...

Oklahoma seizes tobacco bound for Muscogee shops (02/15)
The Oklahoma Tax Commission seized 77 cases of cigarettes that were on their way to smoke shops on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The commission says the retailers were selling the cigarettes without state tax stamps. The product was valued at...

Editorial: Lawmaker takes on Creek Nation for lawsuit (02/08)
"State Rep. Doug Cox isn’t happy with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation — as a lawmaker or as a physician. The tribe filed a federal lawsuit in January regarding legislation that made changes to the state tax code. Senate Bill 608...

Employment: Creek Nation's request for proposal (11/13)
The Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation has issued a Request for Proposal for professional services related to the identification and development of a suitable economic development and diversification strategy for the MCN. The MCN seeks review of...

Muscogee Nation of Florida requests recognition (10/16)
The Muscogee Nation of Florida hopes to gain recognition through an act of Congress. S.530 and H.R.1899 were introduced earlier this year. The bills say the federal government has had relations with the tribe through treaties and other action as...

Former Muscogee officer cops to drug charge (09/25)
Jimmy Russell Hamm, a former police officer for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to a drug charge. Hamm admitted that he purchased anabolic steroids for personal use and intended to distribute them. He bought and delivered...

Group wants city to seize Muscogee Nation land (09/04)
A group called the South Tulsa Citizens Coalition wants the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to condemn land owned by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in order to stop the tribe from developing the property. The group previously fought plans to build...

City leader to release Creek Nation business plan (09/03)
A city council member in Tulsa, Oklahoma, plans to release details of what he says is a Muscogee (Creek) Nation development plan. Councilor Bill Christiansen told The Tulsa World that he obtained the document from an unidentified source. He said...

Muscogee Nation prepares land-into-trust bid (08/21)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation began preparing a land-into-trust application to submit to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a controversial project in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The tribe wants 40 acres placed in trust. Pans call for a new bridge and an...

Editorial: Oklahoma wins in tobacco battle (08/17)
"The Oklahoma Tax Commission was understandably pleased this week to see a federal judge dismiss a lawsuit that had been filed against the agency by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The tribe had filed the lawsuit in May, after three of...

Judge dismisses Muscogee tobacco lawsuit (08/11)
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation filed against the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Judge Terence Kern said the commission and its members are protected by sovereign immunity, The Tulsa World reported. He also said the...

Editorial: Talk about Muscogee land-into-trust (08/07)
"Talk about unintended consequences. In response to city and county leaders' efforts to block the conversion of more local land to tribal trust status, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is asking for help from more than 500 other Indian tribes across...

Muscogee Nation seeks help on land-into-trust (08/05)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma is asking tribes across the U.S. to support its land-into-trust application. The tribe is sending letters to all tribes and to the National Congress of American Indians. Chief A.D. Ellis said opposition from...

City opposes Muscogee Nation land-into-trust (07/31)
The city council in Tulsa, Oklahoma, voted unanimously on a resolution that opposes the land-into-trust application of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The tribe wants a total of 43 acres placed in trust. The properties are located on opposite sides...

Trooper in Creek paramedic scuffle suspended (07/23)
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has suspended a trooper for five days without pay for an incident involving Muscogee (Creek) Nation paramedics. Trooper Daniel Martin must also undergo an anger management assessment for "conduct unbecoming an officer," The Tulsa World...

City council to vote on land-into-trust resolution (07/22)
The city council in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will vote July 30 on a resolution that opposes the land-into-trust application of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Councilor Bill Christiansen says approval of the application threatens the city's tax base. He hopes to deliver...

Muscogee paramedic scuffle probe completed (07/21)
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has wrapped up an investigation into a scuffle between one of its troopers and a Muscogee (Creek) Nation paramedics. The results of the investigation are due to be released soon, The Oklahoman reported. But the...

Martha Berryhill, Muscogee enrollee, turns 109 (07/16)
Martha Berryhill, a member of Muscogee (Creek) Nation, celebrated her 109th birthday on Tuesday. Berryhill was born in Oklahoma in 1900. She is the last living tribal member who received land under the General Allotment Act and the last...

Editorial: Talk to Muscogee Nation about trust land (07/09)
"City leaders' concerns over expanding Indian trust land are understandable. After all, land held in trust is exempt from certain taxes, which obviously has a negative impact on city revenues. Opposing the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's efforts to put land on...

City to consider resolution against land-into-trust (07/08)
The city council in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will consider a resolution to oppose all pending and future land-into-trust applications. City leaders are worried about a pending Muscogee (Creek) Nation application to acquire about 43 acres in trust. But future applications are...

Muscogee chief files lawsuit to force election (06/18)
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief A.D. Ellis has filed a lawsuit in hopes of forcing the tribe to hold a special election. Ellis said tribal members should vote on 14 amendments to the constitution. An election was to be held...

Muscogee Nation paramedic scuffle goes national (06/17)
After making the rounds in Oklahoma for the past few weeks, a scuffle between an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and Muscogee (Creek) Nation paramedics is landing in the national news. Maurice White Jr., a tribal paramedic who was involved...

Trooper in Muscogee Nation scuffle placed on leave (06/12)
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who was involved in a scuffle with Muscogee (Creek) Nation paramedics has been placed on administrative leave, The Tulsa World reports. Trooper Daniel Martin will continue to receive his salary while the OHP investigates...

Muscogee chief worried about controversial bridge (06/04)
The leader of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation isn't convinced the tribe should build a bridge in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chief A.D. Ellis told The Tulsa World he "wasn't in favor of the bridge in the first place." But the tribe's council...

Muscogee Nation buys land for controversial bridge (06/03)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation appears to be moving forward with a bridge project that officials in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, oppose. The tribe purchased three parcels totaling about 43 acres on the northern bank of the Arkansas River....

Muscogee Nation paramedics stopped by state trooper (06/02)
Two Muscogee (Creek) Nation paramedics could face charges over a scuffle with an Oklahoma state trooper. Paul Franks and Maurice White Jr. were transporting a woman to a hospital when they were pulled over by trooper Daniel Martin. According...

Muscogee Nation fights state over tobacco taxation (05/21)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Oklahoma Tax Commission are battling in federal court over tobacco taxes. The tribe filed suit last week after tax agents seized over $100,000 worth of cigarettes that were bound for tribal retailers. The tribe...

Muscogee Nation opposes Tennessee recognition bill (05/20)
Another Oklahoma tribe is lobbying against a recognition bill in the Tennessee Legislature. Members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation went to Nashville yesterday to protest the bill, WSMV-TV reported. They said it would legitimize groups without verifying their Indian ancestry....

Muscogee Nation cigarettes confiscated by state (05/14)
Agents from the Oklahoma Tax Commission seized about $40,000 worth of cigarettes from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on Wednesday. The tribe called the seizure a violation of its sovereignty. "The Muscogee Nation takes the position that this was an illegal...

City official blasts Muscogee Nation bridge (05/13)
A city councilor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is vowing to spend "every day" of his life fighting a proposed bridge by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The tribe passed legislation to acquire about 63 acres for the project. The bill directs the...

City opposes Muscogee Nation land-into-trust bid (05/05)
The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject a land-into-trust application for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The tribe wants about 26 acres placed in trust. The land would be used for non-gaming purposes, most...

Muscogee Nation passes bill to buy land for bridge (04/30)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoman plans to spend $2.5 million to buy land for a proposed bridge. But details won't be released until Chief A.D. Ellis signs a bill passed by the Muscogee National Council. The tribe's constitution requires...

Portrait of Muscogee journalist to be dedicated (04/10)
The Oklahoma Senate will dedicate a portrait of Muscogee Creek journalist and poet laureate Alexander Posey on Monday. Posey was born in 1873. He served in the Creek National Council and started the Eufaula Indian Journal, which focused on...

NYT Blog: All those Indian 'wars' in Oklahoma (03/31)
"It is difficult to know exactly what is going on in the vicinity of Pierce, Okla., about 100 miles east of Oklahoma City, since reports started appearing in The Times two days ago that an Indian revolt was taking place...

NYT 100 Years Ago: Creek 'revolt' in Oklahoma (03/30)
An Indian "revolt" in Oklahoma landed on the front page of The New York Times on March 29, 1909. According to "Indians in Revolt; Six Whites Killed," more than a hundred -- or "possibly several hundred" -- members of the...

Muscogee Nation buys land for college campus (03/23)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma has purchased land for its first tribal college campus. The tribe will buy 145 acres from the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Construction on the campus is expected to begin in six months,...

Creek man denied citizenship due to Freedmen link (02/27)
An Oklahoma man continues to fight for citizenship in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation even though the tribe says he doesn't qualify. Ron Graham's father was an original enrollee, spoke fluent Muscogee and participated in tribal ceremonies. But because he...