On July 24, 1996, Mr. Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, became the first Tribal Leader to endorse President Clinton. At a formal endorsement ceremony at Clinton/Gore '96 Headquarters, Governor Anoatubby met with Campaign Manager Peter Knight and Deputy Campaign Managers Alan Wheat, Ann Lewis and Craig Smith.
"I was anxious to do this as the President has supported Tribal interests nationwide since his election in 1992. Four years ago, I was the first Tribal Leader to endorse the President, and I am pleased to be the first in 1996," said Governor Anoatubby.
"I am honored to have the support of the Governor. Since I took office, my Administration has worked in partnership with Tribal Leaders like Governor Anoatubby to protect Native American religious freedom, promote tribal self-determination, preserve tribal natural resources and provide economic opportunities for Native Americans. I look forward to continuing this government-to-government relationship in order to build on the progress we have made for Indian country."
The Chickasaw Nation, like other Federally recognized American Indian Tribes, has a government-to-government relationship with the United States, though Tribal members are U.S. citizens. The Chickasaw Nation has 35,000 members and is represented in Washington, D.C. by Ambassador Charles Blackwell.
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