Feud with tribes threatens Oklahoma governor's reelection - ICT

  

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Feud with tribes threatens Oklahoma governor's reelection - ICT
Several nonprofit groups that focus on registering and engaging Native voters say they've never seen this level of enthusiasm among Native voters in statewide politics #NativeVote22

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Several nonprofit groups that focus on registering and engaging Native voters say they've never seen this level of enthusiasm among Native voters in statewide politics #NativeVote22

  • Author: The Associated Press
  • Publish date: Oct 20, 2022

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt gestures during a Dec. 17 news conference in Oklahoma City concerning the state's compact with the Oklahoma Tribes. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Several nonprofit groups that focus on registering and engaging Native voters say they've never seen this level of enthusiasm among Native voters in statewide politics #NativeVote22

Sean Murphy
Associated Press

ADA, Okla. — Many of the 39 tribes based in Oklahoma have played roles in state politics for decades, often behind the scenes. They became bigger, more outspoken players when voters approved Las Vegas-style gambling in 2004. The budgets of several major tribes ballooned with casino revenue.

This year, in their most forceful political move yet, they are wielding their considerable influence to oppose a second term for Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, himself a Cherokee citizen, who is facing a tough reelection challenge after feuding with the tribes for nearly his entire first term.

With the election just weeks away, five of the state's most powerful tribes jointly endorsed Stitt's Democratic opponent, Joy Hofmeister, the state's public schools superintendent who has promised a more cooperative relationship with the tribal nations. It's the first time in modern history that the tribes, which often have unique or competing interests, have weighed in on a governor's race in such a public way.

"I don't know that I've ever seen (the tribes) more active than they are today," said Pat McFerron, a longtime Oklahoma GOP political consultant and pollster. "I think they might have flown under the radar a little bit more before."

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The effect is an unexpectedly tight race in a deep-red state that is typically an afterthought in national politics. Reflecting concerns about Stitt's vulnerability, the super PAC for the Republican Governors Association released an ad late in the campaign tying Hofmeister to President Joe Biden and rising gas prices.

Stitt's feud with the tribes began during his first year in office when he unsuccessfully attempted to renegotiate the state's gambling compact with the tribes. His administration then sought to overturn a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on tribal sovereignty in 2020 and drew the ire of the tribes again last year when he terminated hunting and fishing compacts between the state and tribes.

"He seems to have enjoyed this fight, relishes it and points to it as a badge of honor," McFerron said. "It's almost like he's taunting them."

The animosity between Stitt and the tribes has spilled into public view as the midterm elections draw closer. Tribal leaders have publicly assailed the governor, public meetings about law enforcement in Indian Country have turned ugly and Stitt has faced an onslaught of dark-money attack ads.

"Any governor that postures and attempts dominion of tribes is detrimental to the tribes and the state," said Muscogee Nation Principal Chief David Hill.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill. (Photo courtesy of Muskogee (Creek) Nation)

Stitt, a multimillionaire mortgage company owner and political newcomer when he ran four years ago, has been dogged by scandals in his administration, including a sweetheart deal given to a barbecue restaurant owner that resulted in a criminal probe, improper spending of coronavirus relief funds intended for education and $2 million spent on malaria drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic that doctors had warned shouldn't be used to treat the virus without more testing.

Stitt also has touted new laws outlawing abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, and targeting medical treatment for transgender children, both of which have turned away some moderate Republicans and independents.

For his part, Stitt says he hopes that if he's elected to a second term, he will have improved relations with tribes. Yet he insists that the Supreme Court ruling expanding tribal sovereignty has been detrimental to the state.

"I've told people I will not go down in history as the governor that gives my state away," Stitt said. "A lot of people want to paint this as an anti-Indian thing. This is not. This is a pro-Oklahoma thing."

In the leadup to the election, several nonprofit groups that focus on registering and engaging Native voters say they've never seen this level of enthusiasm among Indian voters in statewide politics.

At a recent voter registration event at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, home of the Chickasaw Nation, a steady stream of students, many of them Native, signed up to register to vote at an event hosted in part by Rock the Native Vote. That's a nonprofit sponsored by the Indian Methodist Church of Oklahoma that was formed in 2002. In the parking lot were cars with tribal license plates from Cherokee, Chickasaw, Comanche, Kiowa and Otoe-Missouria tribes.

"Our goal is to get people registered, and more importantly, the Native voters within our state," said 19-year-old Devon Rain Potter, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation who was helping run a registration booth. "Once we get Native voters to show up to the polls, we can get a lot of things done."

According to the most recent U.S. Census data, Oklahoma has one of the highest percentages of Native citizens at nearly 10 percent of the state's population. An additional 6.6 percent identify as being two or more races. That's easily enough to tip the scales in a closely contested statewide race.

And it's not just Oklahoma where Native voters are being courted and urged to turn out. The Native Organizers Alliance is targeting Indigenous voters in states across the country, including swing states with large Native American populations like Arizona, said Judith LeBlanc, the group's executive director.

Even in deep-red Texas, which has seen an increase in the American Indian population over the past 10 years, the group Democracy is Indigenous DFW drew dozens to a meet-and-greet with candidates, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, who is challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The goal of the nonpartisan group is to increase voter engagement in the American Indian and Indigenous population in Texas.

"We are doing a wholehearted voter registration campaign," LeBlanc said. "I believe in Oklahoma we can make a difference."


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Kavika
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1  seeder  Kavika     one month ago

The next few weeks are going to be interesting in the Oklahoma governor's race.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @1    one month ago

latest poll out today puts hofmeister ahead of stitt by 5 points.

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @1.1    one month ago

Good to hear, I don't have any use for Stitt.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.1.2  Split Personality  replied to  Kavika @1.1.1    one month ago

He's a real Shitt Show

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1.3  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Split Personality @1.1.2    one month ago

LOL

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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1.1.4  al Jizzerror  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.2    one month ago

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Kavika
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2  seeder  Kavika     one month ago

Okla. governor mocks Democratic challenger for accurately noting state’s crime rate

Hofmeister was correct Oklahoma violent crime rate is much higher than either NY or CA.

Stitt looks like an ass on that one.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3  Tessylo    one month ago

You know I was just thinking about all the attack ads I'm seeing and all these 'bipartisans' unfailingly attack the Democrats and I'm sick of it.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Tessylo @3    one month ago

I'm referring to my district in Columbia, MD

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.2  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Tessylo @3    one month ago

Hofmeister didn't need an attack ad in the debate she really handed Stitt his ass on the crime rate vs CA and NY.  Stitt has campaigned on law and order and keeping crime low.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.2.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @3.2    one month ago

the per capita crime rates have nearly doubled in red states. 8 out of 10 states with the highest murder rates per capita are red states.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.2.2  seeder  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @3.2.1    one month ago

Those red states must have defunded the police....

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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3.2.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Kavika @3.2.2    one month ago

This is a real interesting chart about crime in the US. Some real shockers in there. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.2.4  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.2.3    one month ago

That was interesting, for sure.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.2.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3.2    3 weeks ago
she really handed Stitt his ass on the crime rate vs CA and NY. 

So now....he will be known to be a real Stitt ass. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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4  sandy-2021492    one month ago
Stitt's feud with the tribes began during his first year in office when he unsuccessfully attempted to renegotiate the state's gambling compact with the tribes. His administration then sought to overturn a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on tribal sovereignty in 2020 and drew the ire of the tribes again last year when he terminated hunting and fishing compacts between the state and tribes.
"He seems to have enjoyed this fight, relishes it and points to it as a badge of honor," McFerron said. "It's almost like he's taunting them."

He seems to have awakened a sleeping giant.

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  sandy-2021492 @4    one month ago
He seems to have awakened a sleeping giant.

Indeed he did and it started right out the door 3 plus years ago and it's gone downhill every since.

His own party was telling him not to try to break the compact on gaming, it was legal and had been negotiated with good faith on both sides.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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6  al Jizzerror    one month ago

WTF?

Governor Stitts wants to tear up yet another "Treaty" ( compact on gaming)  to steal Native property (gambling revenue).

I guess that proves his membership in the Cherokee Nation is actually bogus.

Oklahoma governor's tribal fight raises ancestry questions

When Oklahoma’s new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Cherokee Nation citizen, was elected in 2018, many tribal citizens embraced him

By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press
February 29, 2020, 1:48 PM
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One fellow Cherokee Nation member launched an online petition that labeled Stitt a “traitor” and sought to have his tribal citizenship revoked. And several Cherokee genealogists have separately questioned Stitt’s ancestry, providing documents that indicate that the governor's ancestor fraudulently got the family on the tribe's citizenship rolls more than 100 years ago.

 
 
 
Kavika
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6.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  al Jizzerror @6    one month ago

He did indeed attempt to ''tear up'' the existing compacts and had his head handed to him. One has to wonder what he was trying to prove when his own party told him it was wrong and don't do it. There are numerous other things that were detrimental to the tribes and in some cases to the state of Oklahoma. 

The two million spent on the phony malaria drug was another stupid move by him. NA's were suffering at a higher rate than any other demographic and struggling to get the vaccine for its members they even shared their supplies with non-Indian people and Stitt buys bullshit malaria drugs.

And don't think every Indian in the country didn't understand immediately what he tried to do with the gaming compacts and the hundreds of broken treaties. 

Here is a study on the contribution of the tribes to Oklahoma. It is massive in revenue jobs and many other contributions.

Study shows Native American Tribes' impact on Oklahoma's economy

 
 
 
Kavika
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6.2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Split Personality @6.2    one month ago

Looks like we may have a wannabe. It certainly explains Stitt animosity towards NA's.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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7  evilgenius    one month ago

I try to tell partisans all the time - you can only push people so far before they push back. People are pushing back on populism. Republicans don't seem to care yet, but they will when they lose enough races. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7    one month ago
Republicans don't seem to care yet, but they will when they lose enough races. 

If Stitt loses this race, it will rock politics in OK for a very long time and possibly send a message to the rest of the nut cases.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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7.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @7.1    one month ago

A this point in 2016 Clinton number were dropping and hit +4 and she lost. Like Clinton, Stitt is trending down while Hofmeister's numbers are rocketing up.

At fivethirtyeight it looks like this:

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Kavika
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7.1.2  seeder  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7.1.1    one month ago

I saw another poll that showed a 7 point lead, hopefully they are in the ball park with those numbers.

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.1.3  seeder  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7.1.1    one month ago

In looking at the different polls there is one that is figured in that seems to be a real outlier. American Viewpoint shows Stitt with a 15 point advantage. The poll was done roughly a month ago.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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7.1.4  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @7.1.3    one month ago
American Viewpoint

Does work primarily for Republicans.

 
 
 
JBB
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8  JBB    one month ago

original

 
 
 
Kavika
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8.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  JBB @8    one month ago

LMAO

 
 
 
George
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9  George    3 weeks ago

Joy Hofmeister crushed by Stitt. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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9.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  George @9    3 weeks ago

And Sharice Davids won in Kansas even after the republicans did their redistrict thing.

 
 

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