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Choctaw Nation Statement Regarding Override Veto of HB 3501

Published May 27, 2022

DURANT, Okla. – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton released the following statement after the Legislature voted to override Kevin Stitt’s veto of House Bill 3501.

“We are so grateful to the legislators who stood up today to protect all Oklahomans and help keep our roadways safe,” Batton said. “HB 3501, which requires cooperation between Tribal and other judicial systems, passed the Legislature with greater than 90% support, and it was appropriate to reiterate support for this measure.”

“When this law takes effect, people will know dangerous drivers will face consequences whether they are convicted in state or Tribal courts,” he said.

About the Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 200,000 tribal members and 10,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation's vision, "Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture," is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity.

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