At-large in OKC

At-large in OKC
The Oklahoma City Muscogee (Creek) Association hosted a quarterly outreach event for at-large citizens Feb. 22. (Kevin Barnett/Reporter)

“We’re really somewhat isolated from what goes on [at the Nation]… and this gives people an opportunity to find face-to-face answers to their numerous and different questions.” OCMA Chair Blue Clark

Association hosts quarterly outreach event

Kevin Barnett/Reporter

Oklahoma City — As Muscogee (Creek) citizen, Diane Martinez, navigated her way through the Oklahoma City Muscogee (Creek) Association Community Center gathering information on the different departments and programs of the Nation, her appreciation was evident.

“There’s a lot of Creek people, including myself, that can’t make a trip to Okmulgee or have gas money to make it down there,” said Martinez.

Martinez was just one of many citizens attending the OKC quarterly outreach event Feb. 22 hosted by OCMA and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation At-Large Citizens Office.

The outreach event, now in its second year, was created in order to promote relations with citizens as well as make tribal services accessible to all eligible citizens living outside MCN boundaries.

In a press release, Tribal Liaison for Citizens’ At-Large, Geebon Gouge, called the event a ‘significant opportunity.’

“Our goal is to bring our services to the Oklahoma City community to better serve our tribal citizens in that area,” said Gouge.

OCMA Chair, Blue Clark agreed on the importance of the event citing common feelings of disconnect between the Nation and the at-large citizenry, which he described as “far removed” from the Nation.

“We’re really somewhat isolated from what goes on [at the Nation]… and this gives people an opportunity to find face-to-face answers to their numerous and different questions,” said Clark.

Of the departments on hand, Clark speculated Citizenship was the most visited, which was validated with 75 new enrollments and updates for the day.

In addition to outreach events, the At-Large Office also offers an online service guide that provides summarized details about the various programs offered through the Nation.

For more information on upcoming events or to download the service guide visit: www.mcn-nsn.gov/in-state-at-largeor call 918-732-7752.

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