Tribal member Mark McBride serves his community of Moore, Oklahoma, as the Oklahoma House Representative for District 53. He is motivated by community, and is particularly interested in improving education in the state and preserving sites of cultural and architectural value.
This episode focuses on Behavioral Health Awareness Month and the societal stigma of having behavioral health issues. We also meet the only Citizen Potawatomi Nation member serving in the Oklahoma legislature and hear about a study on tribal economic impact in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Legislature pushed all but a few bills aside in order to pass a budget and conclude the 2020 session. A number of bills that could impact Oklahoma tribes are likely to resurface in 2021.
Two Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members currently hold leadership positions in both chambers of the 2019 Oklahoma Legislature.