The tribal nations of Oklahoma are committed to building a successful partnership with the State of Oklahoma — one that is built on mutual respect and shared strength. Working together, the sovereign governments can help secure the strongest possible future for every Oklahoman.
For decades, the state and the tribes have stood shoulder to shoulder to address the needs of Oklahomans — shouldering critical costs for health care and education, building new roads and bridges and stewarding natural resources like water.
Gary Ridley served the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for 44 years, including 12 as Director. “I’ve had many a handshake with tribal leaders on an agreement on a project and they've never once changed their agreement once they shook your hand,” he said. “That was as good as any contract I ever signed with a contractor.”
Working together, the state and the tribes form a partnership that is central to achieving the strongest possible future for all Oklahomans.
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