Choctaw Nation, State of Oklahoma reach hunting, fishing compact
OKLAHOMA CITY – The State of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation have reached an agreement and signed a hunting and fishing compact.
The agreement grants the Choctaw Nation the ability to purchase at least 50,000 hunting and fishing licenses at $2 a piece for its resident citizens. In exchange, the Choctaw Nation will pay $200,000 and an administrative cost payment of $75,000 to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation each year.
“This is another example of the state of Oklahoma and tribal nations working together,” said Gov. Mary Fallin. “This compact is mutually beneficial for the state of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation. The large sale of these hunting and fishing licenses will generate revenue for conservation efforts as well as ensure that more Oklahomans are following the standard rules and regulations associated with these licenses. In return, the Choctaw Nation receives a discount for the licenses it purchases.”
Officials say the Choctaw Nation will purchase at least 50,000 hunting and fishing licenses a year for all Oklahoma-based Choctaw citizens between the ages of 16 and 64.
“This agreement was very important to me because it helps sustain our traditional ways of life and hopefully encourages our children to be hunters and providers for their family in the future,” said Choctaw Chief Gary Batton.
Officials also agreed that the Choctaw Nation will maintain the Wildlife Department-owned Lake Nanih Waiya, which is a place of historical significance to the Choctaw Nation.
The compact goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and runs through Dec. 31, 2019.