Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: August 23, 2016
Sen. Anastasia Pittman
Sen. Anastasia Pittman elected to serve as National
Vice-Chair of Native American legislative caucus
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen.
Anastasia Pittman was recently elected to serve as the National
Vice-Chair of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators
(NCNASL) in Chicago, IL.
Pittman, D-Oklahoma City, is a member of the Seminole Nation, as
well as the former Secretary and past Chairman of the Native American
Caucus in Oklahoma. She currently serves as the NCNASL Education
Committee Chair and is the past Vice-Chair of the Health Committee.
Pittman has also served for the past four years on the national
Quad Caucus, which is a convening of Asian Pacific American, Black,
Native American and Hispanic caucuses of state legislators.
“I want to support the Chairman, Senator John McCoy from Washington,
as well as the goals and objectives of NCNASL,” said Pittman.
“By creating a ‘gathering of voices,’ we can foster
communication among Native American legislators, both past and present.
While developing opportunities to support the sustainability of
state and tribal relations, we can also promote partnerships, cooperation
and dialogue to move our economic and civic engagement efforts forward.”
Pittman was elected Vice-Chair on Friday, August 12 in Chicago,
Illinois, during the annual NCNASL meeting, which was held in conjunction
with the National Conference of State Legislators that met earlier
in the week. She brings to NCNASL a strong background in education
and the ability to create policy and curricula with a focus on diversity
and inclusion on state and national levels.
“It’s an honor to have Oklahoma State Senator Anastasia
Pittman serve as the Vice-Chair of the National Caucus of Native
American State Legislators,” said Maryland Delegate Talmadge
Branch, who served as NCNASL Chair for the past two years. “Senator
Pittman’s leadership experience with the Oklahoma Native American
Caucus and as the NCNASL Education Policy Committee Chair demonstrates
her support to improve outcomes for Indian Country. Her commitment
guides her vision in Oklahoma and will continue to do the same on
a national scope for the next two years as the Vice-Chair of NCNASL.”
One of the goals Pittman noted in her platform was to create a “common
ground” database for research, training, best practices and
educational services for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native
Hawaiian state legislators, stating the importance of working together
to increase awareness of Native American inherent sovereignty, cultures
and traditions throughout the United States. The caucuses’
guiding principles are steered by recommendations in the areas of
education, health, juvenile justice and secure families policies.
“The guiding principles of the NCNASL are the foundation of
our organization and I’m excited to serve with the other elected
leaders and staff to preserve our Native American past, honor our
present and protect our future,” said Pittman. “This
opportunity will give us a greater ability to address many issues
tribes face today and I’m looking forward to serving in this
new role for NCNASL. Many don’t realize institutional bias
and structural racism is offensive and how the ripple effect is
damaging and long lasting. With support from national and international
organizations, state legislators and members of minority groups
will be able to research the most effective ways to incorporate
inclusion and diversity into policy for the betterment of our communities.”
The NCNASL was founded in 1992 by former Oklahoma State Senator
and Principal Chief E. Kelly Haney of the Seminole Nation and was
revitalized in 2005.
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