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A new BBC podcast, reported in Oklahoma, highlights tensions between Tribal, State, and Federal governments


Last week, the White House held the Tribal Nations summit, gathering leaders from the 574 Federally recognized tribes in the US. A new podcast from the BBC World Service seeks to tell the story of Oklahoma's Tribal nations and the friction between the state and federal governments. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Tribal Justice premiered last week as a part of The Documentary heard on the BBC World Service. The episode was reported on by Emmy-nominated public radio reporter Allison Herrera, based in Oklahoma City, and freelance producer Steve Hankey, who resides in the UK.

Tribal Justice is a deep dive into the three levels of government, Tribal, State, and Federal, for those who live on native land. In addition to Oklahoma's Governor Kevin Stitt's relationship with the tribes and their communities according to Herrera.

"I'm glad that you said Governor Kevin Stitt because it's not the entire state of Oklahoma. I think the legislature and certain other branches of the government do have a better working relationship with the tribes in the state. We're just about to get a new Attorney General, and I think that that's really going to shift the tone of tribal-state relations."

Recently, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chuck Hoskin Jr. has advocated that the Federal government live up to a treaty that dates back to 1835 and seat the nation's first delegate to Congress. Tribal Justice is available wherever you get your podcasts. For 89 9 KRPS, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.
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