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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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I’d like to start off by thanking Claremore residents for their continued engagement. I have received many great questions and suggestions, and while I can’t address everything in this column, I will do my best to provide timely updates on important topics.

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There are a lot of people in my life who think I'm cynical. A hazard of the job, I suppose. And at the risk of proving them all right, I want to say this: A hashtag alone will not solve the problem of child sex trafficking.

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A forgotten group of Americans during the pandemic of 2020 are the landlords, who have long housed individuals and families that need lodging.

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It is often said it takes a village to raise a child. The saying could not be truer and I firmly believe our country’s teachers are an important part of that village.

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Recently the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma affirmed what Oklahoma tribal nations have known from the beginning – on January 1, 2020, our gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma automatically renewed for another 15 years. I am pleased with this conclusion and wha…

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Protests and voting are at the foundation of our democracy. Since our inception, we've seen these two platforms used as agents of change. Each are powerful ways to capture the voice of the American people. We must understand these rights so that we may ensure they are not taken away.

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We’ve all seen it happen. When we’re in the grips of something important or something pressing—something shiny is dangled in front of us to get our attention.

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Like many of you, I was both shocked and saddened by the news that dozens of Claremore Veterans Center residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in July, and I send my deepest condolences to the families of the 10 residents who also lost their battle to this virus.

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As your acting City Manager for the City of Claremore, I will be open and transparent. To that end, I am pleased to partner with the Claremore Progress to publish a regular column sharing updates, ideas, plans and more about what is in store for those who live, work and play in Claremore. Th…

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