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Statewide alliance sought with tribes

By Brian Sargent Published: October 25, 2007
e town hall will explore how tribal and nontribal alliances may yield win-win situations, or better yet, benefits that neither party could possibly achieve independently. If we can find creative ways to work together and with the private sector, all Oklahomans will benefit,” Oklahoma Academy Chairman Doug Branch said.

Will it affect tribal autonomy?

Conference planning committee Chairman Howard Barnett said the conference won't try to challenge tribal sovereignty or its limits.

"It is going to explore how to better work with the reality of sovereignty and build opportunities that are true win-win situations for all Oklahoma citizens,” Barnett said.

The Oklahoma Academy is a citizen-based organization for nonpartisan public policy development.

The academy's members are from all locations with varied vocational backgrounds.