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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Secretary Tom Price, meet Indian Country.

As part of a three-day visit to Oklahoma, Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Trump administration, met with officials from the Cherokee and Pawnee nations, along with representatives for the cabinet’s tribal advisory council.

Along with exposure to traditional Cherokee and Pawnee songs and dances, Price was given a candid view of one of the bigger problems facing tribal communities: opioid abuse.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that he has named John Tahsuda III, a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, as DOI’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs (PDAS). The appointment was effective September 3, 2017. The PDAS serves as the first assistant and principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs in the development and interpretation of policies affecting Indian Affairs bureaus, offices and programs.

“I want to welcome John Tahsuda to my Indian Affairs leadership team,” said Secretary Zinke. “John possesses extensive experience in federal Indian law and tribal government, and deeply understands and respects our government-to-government relationship with tribes. He’ll be a strong leader for the Indian Affairs organization.”

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MACON, Ga. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation took part in a repatriation ceremony on Aug. 30 to return more than one hundred ancestors to their homeland at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, GA. This is the largest repatriation the tribe and the National Park Service at the Ocmulgee National Monument have ever seen.

The remains of 113 people and more than 42-thousand funerary objects were returned to what historians, tribal and cultural leaders called “sacred ground” during a private ceremony at an undisclosed and secured area at the park.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters from the Oklahoma-based Osage Nation are headed to Montana to help fight wildfires.

Television station KOTV reports thousands of acres of land have been scorched by wildfires in Montana, which has experienced widespread drought.

The Osage Nation was recruited to help fight the wildfires by the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Firefighter Britton Redeagle says the Flathead Reservation sends firefighting teams to Oklahoma during the winter months when wildfires are common in the state.

Redeagle says Osage Nation firefighters plan to depart for Montana on Sunday and plan to work in 16-hour shifts while they are there.

On Saturday, firefighters in Montana used sprinklers and hoses to try to protect areas near some of the more than two dozen wildfires in the state that have forced many residents to evacuate.

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