Fallin meeting with leaders from all 39 Native American tribes

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Updated: 6/11/2013 2:50 pm Published: 6/11/2013 2:50 pm

The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas (UINOKT) and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin took part in a historical meeting with the state's 39 federally recognized tribes on Tuesday.

This is the first time in state history the governor met with all 39 tribal leaders at the same time.

They discussed state tobacco compacts and gaming revenue. At least 25 Native American tribes have existing compacts with the state that are set to expire this month.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger said it's important to keep communication lines open on these important matters that affect all Oklahoma Indian Nations.

"The goal is for the state and the tribal governments to meet government-to-government, to build a strong relationship and in turn, meet on a regular basis to discuss our issues and concerns," Tiger said.

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