OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Army National Guard has reached an agreement with the Thlopthlocco (thlop-LOCK' -oh) Tribal Town of Okemah involving construction and renovation of National Guard properties.
The agreement establishes a method of consultation between the National Guard and the tribe that includes a preferred method of communication and the types of projects the tribe wants to be notified about. It streamlines the consultation process to reduce the cost and time spent on consultation.
The agreement signed by Oklahoma adjutant general Maj. Gen. Myles Deering and tribal King George Scott says Native American culture is an important part of the state's culture and the agreement will protect the interest of the Guard and the tribe.
The Guard is working on similar agreements with more than two dozen Oklahoma-based American Indian tribes.
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