Protests Erupt in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa
February 9, 2022
On Monday, two people were arrested during Governor Kevin Stitt's fourth annual State of State Address inside the House chamber at the Oklahoma State Capitol and banners were unfurled on the oil derrick outside the state capitol building in Oklahoma City, while in Tulsa an officer was injured and two protesters were arrested at a demonstration of support for the release of Leonard Peltier.
According to the Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous women and their allies carried banners with messages about climate change, the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and uplifting tribal sovereignty, to the annual address. According to local law enforcement, they were arrested for "disturbing legislative proceedings."
The names of the two women who were arrested were quickly released to the local news as Cheyenne Morgan and Kelsey Cooper, but it is unclear if they're Indigenous. They were a part of an organized protest at the annual governor's speech that also begins the state's legislative session. Cooper was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center, but does not have a court filing in Oklahoma County, said the clerk's office to Native News Online.