Okla. governor addresses Indian chamber of commerce
Thursday, October 9, 2003

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry (D) spoke to the Oklahoma City chapter of the Oklahoma Indian Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Henry distanced himself from an organization called One Nation, which is opposing tribes on a number of issues. Henry said he doesn't endorse the group's views. A member of his staff is married to One Nation founder Mickey Thompson, head of the Okahoma Independent Petroleum Association.

Henry said the state received an "unfair rap" for tobacco compact negotiations with tribes. He wouldn't speculate what might happen if tribes refused to sign an agreement to share revenues with the state, but said it could lead to court battles. The Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole nations have signed new compacts that require them to share more with the state.

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Henry defends compacts, disparges One Nation (The Native American Times 10/8)
Governor, Indian leaders sign compacts (AP 10/9)
Henry hails effect of tribes on economy (The Oklahoman 10/9)
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