Muskogee's Director of Indian Education on administrative leave

MUSKOGEE -

Descendants of Cherokee Freedmen called for Muskogee’s Director of Indian Education, David Walkingstick, to resign earlier this month.

The group organized a petition in December calling for Walkingstick to resign after legislation he introduced as a member of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council.

Walkingstick drafted a bill calling for the Cherokee Nation’s Attorney General to appeal a federal judge’s ruling allow descendants of freed slaves to become Cherokee citizens.

Petition organizers believe Walkingstick’s political positions are a conflict of interest when it comes to being a school district’s director of Indian Ed.

Walkingstick told 2 Works For You earlier this month the issue is not about race, but about tribal sovereignty.

Walkingstick confirmed with 2 Works For You he was placed on administrative leave from Muskogee Public Schools and the board could consider his termination at the January 2018 meeting.

2 Works For You reached out last Thursday to Muskogee Public Schools and have not heard back.

The district is still out for winter break.

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