And condemns those who have turned their backs on the tribes.
Okmulgee, OK, June 3rd, 2022- The anti-tribal sovereignty agenda of candidates for the open Congressional District 2 seat is not only disheartening, but reflects hatred and fear-mongering at its very worst. These candidates – have called for the dismantling of tribal reservations in eastern Oklahoma, something that was held up by the U.S. Supreme Court in the McGirt case. That’s especially troubling as they both reside in communities within a tribal reservation, and even worse one of them sits on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council.
The future of our district hinges on our building better working relationships with the tribal nations, especially those in CD 2 that have reservation lands: the Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Muscogee Nation, and Quapaw Nation. Most voters realize we are blessed to have such powerful allies, as our tribal partners. They help drive the economy, invest in infrastructure, education, and health care and help define our very identity as Oklahomans.
I am here to work with tribal governments, respect their sovereignty and develop plans that will enable us to grow stronger, and better together. In 2022, we can’t afford to let hateful and anti-sovereign rhetoric cripple any progress for a brighter future for families and our communities.
Naomi Andrews grew up in Okmulgee county, on the never disestablished reservation of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is a business development executive for a small woman-owned business, whose focus is on using clear communication to protect consumers. She is the Democratic Candidate for Congress in Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. Naomi values freedom, fairness, and opportunity for all Oklahomans.
Learn more about her and her passion for protecting tribal sovereignty at NaomiForOK.com