OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Complex Offices closed early on July 18 due to a potentially hazardous material discovered by an employee in the commerce building mail room. The material was later found to be non-hazardous after further investigation. Lighthorse Police were immediately notified and arrived on the scene. They notified other first responder agencies to assist in the investigation. Tribal employees were advised to stay away from the commerce building and stay in place before being given the all-clear by Lighthorse Police.
The Nation released a statement on its Facebook page regarding the situation.
“The Muscogee Nation is proud of the swift response of its first responders, Lighthorse and Emergency Management, in addressing this matter. This Nation is further pleased with the wonderful collaborative efforts with fellow agencies, including Okmulgee Fire and Rescue, Okmulgee County EMS, Okmulgee County Emergency Management, Muskogee Fire, and Hazmat Team, and the U.S Postal Inspection Service. Even though the substance was non-hazardous, this incident demonstrated a seamless response to public safety from all agencies involved.”
Once the material was discovered to be non-hazardous, the area was declared secure. The investigation is currently ongoing.
For tribal employees that find suspicious mail items are advised to call the main Lighthorse Police phone line at (918) 732-7800.