Okla. gov.'s tribal liaison issues first report

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin's Native American liaison has issued her first report on tribal affairs in Oklahoma and says the new position is helping improve relations with tribes.

Jacque Hensley's 18-page report on tribal outreach, health care, public safety and other state and tribal issues was released Tuesday to tribal leaders across the state.

Hensley was appointed in July 2012 to the newly created executive branch position after Fallin and the GOP-led Legislature approved a bill to abolish the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission in 2011.

Some Native American lawmakers initially voiced opposition to the plan, but officials from several tribes have since said they are pleased to be working directly with a liaison to the governor's office.

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