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Veterans Day is a time to remember, honor, and celebrate the men and women who have served in our military. It’s a day where we should tell their stories, remember their sacrifice, and celebrate their unwavering commitment to our country.

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This past month, Oklahoma lost a very special woman. Donna McSpadden was known to many in her hometown of Chelsea and nearby in Claremore as Clem McSpadden’s spouse. She was that and so much more. We became acquainted even before I was born. My late mother, Janna Boren, was pregnant while my…

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In 1963, a forward-thinking group of Cherokees and allies formed the Cherokee National Historical Society. Their vision was to create a space to protect the cultural assets and history of the Cherokee Nation. They began by opening a living Cherokee history site known as the Ancient Village i…

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We talk a lot about funding – funding for education, health care, transportation and other needs. Proper funding is critical to making Claremore a great place to live, work and relax. Funding allocation for a state is based off the U.S. Census, which has been mandated by the U.S. Constitutio…

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Between a global pandemic, economic crisis and multiple natural disasters, there are few aspects of 2020 that any of us could have predicted, and many Oklahomans feel uncertain about the future. One thing we can do to build a stable and prosperous Oklahoma is for all Oklahomans to complete t…

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Cherokee Nation is committed to ensuring that all voting age Cherokees are registered to vote. Recently, we celebrated Cherokee Nation Voter Registration Day because we know how important it is for our citizens to have a voice in our democracy.

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Rep. Mark Lepak's recent op-ed (“Back to School with COVID, Risk and Consequence,” in the Sept. 1 edition) was disrespectful to all public school teachers. He obviously has no understanding of what we are going through to make this year happen safely for our students.

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Nearly six months after the start of the 2020 Census, Oklahoma is still ranked in the bottom 10 in the nation for census response rate. We’ve talked about the census numerous times before and there’s always been plenty of time to complete the questionnaire to ensure you and your household ar…

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Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed or even paused some projects, our Cherokee Nation Film Office and award-winning “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People“ have continued making big strides. Our growing presence in the film industry makes sure that Cherokees are able to tell our auth…

Debates are an important part of the political process, wherein candidates stand and face the public to explain their views on policies and issues. While not always a regular occurrence, they have been expected for the past half century.

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America is supposed to be the beaming light of the world and, in many cases, we are, but during election time, we take a step back. The name-calling, the lying, and racism hit a peak in America during election time, and any time one minority group speaks up about equality.

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At a virtual symposium last week at Oklahoma State University, experts talked about treatment methods that could benefit Native Americans suffering from opioid use disorder. The information is important and timely, as the COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened the nation's opioid problems.

Right now the internet is incredibly angry at Netflix. People are canceling their memberships left and right over a French film recently released on the platform. The protest of this particular film has sparked some interesting and much needed conversations about sexual exploitation of children.

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As the saying goes, the world keeps moving and things keep changing. That’s true here in Claremore, where we have a change in the City Council. Councilor Susan Kirtley, who has served Ward 1 since 2013, is moving outside Ward 1 and has resigned her position as councilwoman effective Sept. 15.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today responded to news that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved Oklahoma’s certification requirements for REAL ID Act of 2005 to issue state driver’s licenses and ID cards are compliant. DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf ha…

COVID-19 has changed many things about our everyday life and caused big events to be pushed to a later date. Concerts were cancelled, major league sports delayed their seasons, and even the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo were rescheduled for 2021. But one thing that hasn’t changed or been pos…

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It is difficult to avoid the topic of the impending presidential election when providing political commentary. It is the subject of a large share of airtime on news networks and takes up more space than almost any other topic in newspapers and magazines.

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This year’s Cherokee National Holiday will be unlike any other in our history. Since 1953 our capital city of Tahlequah has been the host to this annual homecoming and more than 100,000 visitors each Labor Day weekend. Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted the 2020 event t…

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It seems most agree that returning students to the classroom is more important than ever. The pressures to do so statewide are increasing, but not just because students need to be there. As long as children remain home from school, the economy cannot fully recover, at least, the kind of econ…

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Love is needed now more than ever – love for our families, love for our friends, love for our neighbors, and love for our community.

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At Cherokee Nation, putting elders first is simply our way of life. Each year the Council of the Cherokee Nation, the Deputy Principal Chief and I make serving our elders a priority in the government’s budget. However, with new federal dollars in our COVID-19 Respond, Recover and Rebuild pla…

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If you've read many of my columns, you've likely heard me speak of my meditation teacher, Sister Ellie and her knack for imparting wisdom with every exhale. This week she shared profound wisdom she found while working as a nun alongside Bishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa in the wake of Apartheid.

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One hundred years ago women started walking. They marched and they canvassed and they campaigned and they earned the right for women to vote. 

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Typically, most of what I scroll past on Facebook isn't worth giving a second thought to. There is something that caught my eye this weekend, though, that I think is worth taking a more intentional look at.

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Like many of you, I am always looking for new and expanded views on the subject of COVID. When I saw a posting on another's site from this Dr. Atlas who thinks our national health officials are full of bluster and fear mongering, I took note and began reading. Shortly thereafter, I read the …

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After dedicating the past 15 years to investing in our state’s bridges and transportation infrastructures, we’ve finally been ranked in the top 10—coming in at ninth—across the nation for bridge conditions.

Recent news and statements from our president have made me feel concerned about whether the United States Post Office can get my mail-in ballot to be counted for the Presidential election November 3.

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One year ago, Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner and I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Cherokee Nation Constitution. We pledged to promote the culture, heritage and traditions of our people. In my inaugural address, I predicted that the strength of our democracy would conti…

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