U.S. attorneys from across the country are meeting in Tulsa Monday to discuss ways to reduce the number of violent crimes and drug problems facing Native Americans.
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said violent crimes and substance abuse issues have been impacting Native Americans at high rates for many years so he and other leaders meeting at River Spirit Casino said it's finally time to do something about it.
The attorney general's subcommittee on Native American issues met with tribes across the country to discuss what issues are facing them.
Shores said four priorities were developed from those meetings: reducing violent crimes toward Native Americans, lessening drug trafficking and substance abuse deaths, prosecuting people accused of white collar crimes against them, and allowing more resources for native law enforcement.
Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief James Floyd is part of the meetings and said violent crimes might be the biggest issue he's seen and he wants to make sure leaders in Washington and Oklahoma are paying attention.
"They need to hear what we see out here. They need to hear from both the U.S. attorneys, they need to hear from the tribes as well." Floyd said.
The subcommittee will meet with the Cherokee Nation Tuesday in Tahlequah.