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Cherokee Nation Moves Forward After End of State Compact Fishing, Hunting Mode

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (KFOR) – As the existing hunting and fishing practice between the tribal states and the state of Oklahoma nears its end, the Cherokee Nation is taking steps to regulate its own hunting and fishing practices.

On Monday, Chief Leader of the Cherokee Nation, Chuck Hoskin, Jr., signed an executive order affirming the tribal treaty rights for citizens to hunt and fish in the National Reserve Cherokee.

Tribal leaders speak the terms of the executive order unaffected by Governor Kevin Stitt’s refusal to renegotiate the former hunting and fishing.

“As I said before, the Cherokee Nation has outlasted many who have tried to take our sovereignty and destroy our identity as a people. Governor Stitt’s refusal to work in good faith with tribal states in a hunting and fishing organization that has provided millions of dollars in previous years for the state’s conservation efforts is astounding. , but it will not hinder our efforts to exercise our inherent rights as the Cherokees — Rights that are reinforced in treaties with the United States,” said Sheriff Hoskin. “In the absence of a 2022 hunting and fishing organization with the state of Oklahoma, the Cherokee Office of the Secretary of State for National Natural Resources and our tribal Wildlife Conservancy will manage and regulate hunting and fishing activities in the Cherokee National Reserve.”

Officials said they would not issue specific hunting or fishing permits, but would allow Cherokee citizens to use their tribal identity card or Cherokee Nation photo ID in lieu of the paper. permission.

Cherokee citizens will be required to adhere to baggage and seasonal restrictions, consistent with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s limits.

Hunters and anglers still must have permission from the landowner to hunt and fish on private property as they always have.

“Cherokees have always been good stewards of land, water and wildlife resources. We have relied on hunting and fishing since time immemorial as a means of subsistence and an integral part of our cultural life,” said Deputy Sheriff Bryan Warner. “As a tribal government, we are prepared to exercise these rights on our reservation in the future. Earlier this year, we signed the Cherokee National Parks Conservation, Historic Wildlands, Fishing, and Hunting Act of 2021, heralding a new era for the conservation of our public lands me and designate several new conservation areas of the Cherokee Nation. That legislation has given us a road map to preserving our culture and resources, and it will be crucial to supporting our hunting and fishing efforts outlined in the Police executive order. Chief Hoskin. ”

Tribal leaders say they will introduce an electronic check-in system to report wildlife harvests later this month.

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