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If you’re a parent, here’s something we’re both passionate about: making sure your kids have a great future. I want to help you and your kids get ready for life after high school so they can continue to college (and beyond) with a plan and a purpose! And a huge part of that is paying for sch…

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When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 18 years ago, our world was thrown into chaos.

Voter identification laws, election security, and term limits are all issues that get significant amounts of attention in any conversation regarding how we conduct elections in the U.S. I've been glad to see another issue come to the forefront over the past decade, as I see it as threat to o…

Today, more than 63 percent of our nearly 380,000 tribal citizens reside outside Cherokee Nation’s legal jurisdiction. One thing we’ve heard loud and clear: Our at-large Cherokees want to be involved with their tribe. To better engage the perspectives of our at-large citizens, Cherokee Natio…

OKLAHOMA CITY- Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, announced Tuesday he had filed Senate Bill 1081 to push back against any proposed red flag laws coming from the federal government. The bill, titled the “Anti-Red Flag Act,” would preempt all current or future proposed red flag laws coming fro…

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I think most TV watchers have some form of “reality TV” that they enjoy. Whether that’s a secret guilty pleasure or something they boldly obsess over depends on the person and frequently the content. Some people are proud to love to Keep Up with the Karashians. Some people watch it secretly …

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(Larry’s Note: Earlier this month word was received of the passing of Lester (Bear) Jensen, beloved and most respected former Claremore High School football coach. While their paths never crossed, the following is another gentleman who answered to “Bear”.)

Greetings from the state capitol! What does “emergency certification” mean to you? We see news reports and editorials focused on the number of emergency teaching certifications in Oklahoma, and how they continue to be a problem, but I’ve come to understand that not all such “emergencies” are…

The 1996 presidential election, pitting President Bill Clinton against Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, was sometimes dubbed the "Seinfeld election" -- an election about nothing. The 2020 election is an entirely different affair. It is an election about everything.

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Every child in Oklahoma deserves to be inspired by the very power of education itself and the potential of a bright future, and Oklahoma’s teachers help to make this possible each day. They invest in children from all walks of life and ultimately leave an impact that extends far beyond the w…

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The past eight years have been the pinnacle of my public service career. Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people. I had the privilege of working side by side with a man of great moral integrity, Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden. It has been the blessing…

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My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you will listen, I will tell you a tale of witches. A tale of magic and love and loss. A story of how simple ignorance breeds fear, and how deadly that fear can be. Let me tell you what it means to be …

Random fact about me, I was an English teacher for exactly one year. I didn’t leave the profession because I hated it or anything like that, and I’ve wondered from time to time if I’d find my way back there. Especially this time of year, as my own educating friends gear up for the school yea…

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As human beings, we’re familiar with the importance of physical safety for ourselves and our children. What about emotional safety? How many of us can say we feel emotionally safe in our relationships? How many of our children feel emotionally safe in our households? All relationships need e…

Last weekend, the 50th annual San Diego Comic-Con took place causing nerds from around the world to show up with their best costumes and wait in long lines for the hopes of sitting in panel discussions with their favorite writers, directors, actors and more. Less lucky nerds around the world…

In a recent op-ed, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt called for a renegotiation of the highly successful tribal gaming compacts, government-to-government agreements that have fueled our home state, public education and job creation for more than 15 years. He argued that new compacts should refle…

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I just bought a new printer for $29 on Amazon. I ordered it yesterday afternoon, and it arrived before noon today. First, how can they sell a wireless printer and copier for only $29? And second, how can they get it to my home in less than 24 hours?

Fifty years ago on July 20, an amazing thing happened when two humans – Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin – landed on the moon and stepped onto its dusty surface. The fact their craft didn't hurtle to the ground and turn the moon into their grave was, in itself, hard to believe. And the…

As citizens of the United States, we have a responsibility to participate in the United States Census, a national roll call mandated by the United States Constitution. As citizens of the Cherokee Nation, it is even more important because the U.S. Census is used to allocate funding for the pr…

Stranger Things 3 is probably Netflix’s biggest buzzed about series ever, with reportedly 40 millions viewers in the first four days and tons of internet chatter. To give one an idea of comparison, Sunday Night Football averaged about 19 million, This is Us averaged 16.06 million, and Game o…

One of the most important duties of Congress outlined in the U.S. Constitution is to provide for the common defense. It is a promise to American citizens that we will protect them and defend American interests across the globe. Each year, we keep that promise by passing the National Defense …

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When the Day of Love was announced one day at the Senior Center, I signed up immediately. My request was simply to clear the alley behind my house. I expected perhaps two or three volunteers. What actually happened was difficult for me to understand. Early on Saturday the 13th a virtual army…

WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the first time during his tenure in Congress. It passed the House on a party line vote of 220 to 197.

Spider-Man: Far from Home is just about the best thing one could ask for in a summer movie, but I didn’t think it would be. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe as much as the next person who grew up on superhero cartoons. Superheroes have personal, sentimental value to me because I spent my…

Our ability as a government to communicate with our citizens has just taken a great leap forward. The Cherokee Nation’s website – Cherokee.org – relaunched July 1. The overhaul, the first in more than eight years, creates a better user experience on the website that operates as our digital f…

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) issued the following joint statement after reports today that a shipment of parts for the Russian S-400 air defense system had arrived in Turkey. The group of Senators led …

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WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) today introduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act. Their legi…

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No matter our musical preferences, most of us that love music probably also have music that for us instantly equals summer. I’m talking about music that makes you want to roll down the window, jump in the pool, or fire up the grill and invite some friends over. But you can’t build a whole Co…

Every Independence Day we celebrate our Founding Fathers who had the courage to go against the British monarch and create their own government. They had a vision for a government controlled by the people where every citizen had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They al…

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As of the publication of this column Wizards Unite has been out for just over a week. For those who may not be in the know, Wizard’s Unite is a Harry Potter themed augmented reality game created by the same people who brought us the Pokemon Go craze. By no means does this new game seem to ha…

Cherokee Nation was recently bestowed a great honor by the U.S. Navy, which has decided to name its latest rescue ship after our tribal nation. The forthcoming USNS Cherokee Nation will be launched in summer of 2021 and will be a testament to the service and contributions the Cherokee people…

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Arthur Neal Chancellor, 77, passed away Friday, August 30th, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born to Arthur Aubrey and Bertha Katherine (Tawney) Chancellor on October 27th, 1941 in Cisco, Texas.

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