OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature's Native American Caucus has elected its new leaders for the next two legislative sessions.
The caucus announced Wednesday it has elected Republican Rep. Dan Kirby of Tulsa and Democratic Rep. Anastasia Pittman of Oklahoma City as the co-chairs of the caucus for the 54th Legislature.
Created in 2006, Kirby says the caucus now includes 26 House members who are enrolled members of one of the state's 39 federally recognized American Indian tribes. The purpose of the caucus is to identify state policies that affect tribes and to foster good communications between tribes and the Legislature.
The bipartisan caucus elects a Republican and Democratic co-chair to lead the group each year. Kirby is a member of the Creek Nation, while Pittman is a member of the Seminole Nation.