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January 19, 2018

News Release

Jan. 19, 2018

CONTACT Neely Tsoodle
PR Manager
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447
(918) 758-6599


STILLWATER, Okla. — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd discussed tribal policy and laws within the Nation’s jurisdiction as a guest speaker at Oklahoma State University’s Sovereignty Speaks event Jan. 18, 2018 in Stillwater, Okla.

The event was hosted by OSU’s Center for Sovereign Nations as part of the Sovereignty Speaks series. Floyd was invited as the 16th Sovereignty Speaks guest among other tribal leaders and tribal government officials in the past.

Floyd’s topic covered “Tribal Policy as an Exercise of Sovereignty”, which he broke down into four points relevant to the tribe: Tribal-Federal relations, Tribal-State relations, and the Murphy vs. Royal and Hickory Ground vs. Poarch Creek Band of Indians cases.

Floyd discussed Murphy vs. Royal and explained the Treaty of 1866 for Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the Post-Civil War Treaty, which covers the terms of the Nation’s reservation.

Guests asked Floyd questions regarding sovereignty in healthcare and senior housing as part of the Q & A.

The Center for Sovereign Nations was created in 2015 as an initiative by Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis as a way for the university to connect with the sovereign tribal nations across Oklahoma.

For more information on OSU Center for Sovereign Nations and a recap of Floyd’s discussion, visit