Quote of the Day | July 19, 2019

“In our traditions, we’ve been taught that you don’t talk about what you do. But today, it’s time to start talking about it. People need to know. It’s important. . . . Tribes have reinvested in our communities like no other industry across the state. We are an economic driver as well as a reliable and prominent partner. We are not leaving the state of Oklahoma.”

– Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs Lisa Johnson Billy, commenting on a report showing that Oklahoma tribes generate $4.6 billion in wages and benefits and support an estimated 96,177 jobs [The Oklahoman]


Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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