Cole And Mullin Praise Final Passage Of The Stigler Act Amendments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) issued the following statements after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the final version of H.R. 2606, the Stigler Act Amendments of 2018, which was passed by the Senate last week. First introduced by Cole and co-sponsored by Mullin in the House, the legislation amends the Stigler Act of 1947 to remove the one-half degree Native American blood quantum restriction for holders of tribal allotment land. The legislation specifically impacts citizens of Oklahoma’s Five Tribes: the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations.

“I am pleased that both chambers of Congress approved changes to the misguided Stigler Act of 1947, which clearly discriminates against citizens of Oklahoma’s Five Tribes,” said Congressman Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and co-chair of the Native American Caucus. “Without question and especially in Oklahoma, Native American heritage is something to be celebrated.


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