Arapaho Chief Calls For Obama To Discuss Return Of Traditional And Historical Tribal Land

8,500-acre Fort Reno Military Reservation Held by Federal Government for over 100 years despite legal promises to return it to the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma

Jul 15, 2015, 12:14 ET from Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma

Ft. Reno, Okla., July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Cheyenne-Arapaho people have waited more than a century for the return of the Fort Reno lands," Arapaho Chief Patrick Spottedwolf said. "These lands have always been of tremendous cultural and religious significance to our tribes. After years of broken promises and legislative maneuvers the land has not been returned. For this reason, I asked President Barack Obama to take administrative action to honor the government's promise to the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. I hope the President will help end this injustice and I look forward to participating in development initiatives on the Fort Reno Reservation that respect the area's environment and history." 

WHEN:

As soon as possible



WHERE:

The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500)



WHAT:

President Barack Obama would meet with traditional tribal leaders in traditional dress to consider the return of the Fort


Reno Military Reservation. The land was carved out of western Oklahoma's Cheyenne-Arapaho reservation in 1883 for "military purposes exclusively," with the understanding that the Tribes would regain the land when the military use expired. The Justice Department and the Department of Agriculture, however, took possession of the land without the consent of the Cheyenne-Arapaho people. Tribal leaders hope that President Obama will meet with them and restore tribal ownership over Fort Reno.



WHO:

Traditional leaders of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma including Arapaho Chief Patrick Spottedwolf, United


States Elected Officials including President Barack Obama.

Contact: Patrick Spottedwolf
(405) 262-0345 Ext. 32424
Direct Line: (580) 331-2424
Work Cell: (580) 919-1676

SOURCE Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma