NORMAN — The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes will convene for a two-day summit June 7-8, 2012, at Riverwind Hotel & Casino in Norman.

The organization was founded in 1950 and is the oldest such tribal organization in the United States. Representing three of the four largest (of 562) federally recognized tribes and nearly 625,000 enrolled citizens (and an economic impact exceeding a billion dollars), the organization will meet to consider issues currently facing Tribal Nations, both in Oklahoma and nationally.

This will be the first meeting of the Council in the traditional two-day summit format in six years. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger is the newly elected chair of the Executive Committee and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is the vice-chair.  Other members of the Executive Committee include Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Greg Pyle and Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Principal Chief Leonard Harjo.

During this session, various committees will be reorganized. The standing committee and work group meetings will begin on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. with meetings to be continued in the afternoon.  A buffet reception and entertainment will be provided for the participants on Thursday evening.

The General Assembly will convene Friday  at 2 p.m. to entertain federal agency reports and to consider resolutions brought forth by the committees.  A media area will be provided to accommodate press coverage at the general session on Friday.

For more information,  contact Edwin Marshall, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Public Relations Manager, at (918) 732-7617 or email emarshall@muscogee-nation-nsn.org.

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