Happy weekend after Valentine's Day readers. Maybe you hate this holiday. Maybe you love this holiday. Maybe you’ll be spending this weekend with someone special, or maybe you will be wistfully watching “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and wondering when your own Peter Kavinsky will come.…

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Telling the Cherokee story – our history, our heritage – is a skill that our people have passed down from one generation to the next. Storytelling is a cornerstone of our culture. That’s why I am so proud we have launched the Cherokee Nation Film Office. It will promote northeastern Oklahoma…

You may read the headline and think, we definitely know who won the Super Bowl. And yes, there’s the obvious winners and losers in terms of who technically won the game. But in this, the lone time of year I will ever write anything remotely sports related, I’d like to point out the less obvi…

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This week members of the Senate convened for the first session of the 57th legislature, and we are anticipating another busy year.  Senate Republicans will focus on many issues throughout this session, including the establishment of a legislative budget office to provide greater accountabili…

Insurance policies have been around for a long time. In fact they date back to the 13th and 14th Centuries as cargos of goods started being shipped from one point to another around the world.

Part of my sworn oath as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation is to preserve, promote and advance the language and culture of the Cherokee Nation. We’ve seen some wonderful examples of that recently, including concentrated revitalization efforts for the Cherokee language. This week, we too…

On Feb. 12 citizens will go to the polls to vote for the same penny they have been approving every 5 years since 1988 for Rogers County roads & Bridges. If passed this would authorize the same 1 percent tax rate to continue in perpetuity and restricted for the sole use on transportation …

Oklahoma became a State in 1907, however, this area has been the home of Cherokee people for over two hundred years. Today we hunt the same land, fish the same water and farm the same soil as our ancestors. The names of many of the towns we live and the streets we drive are evidence of the C…

The Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act, recently signed into law, requires the U.S. Department of the Interior to update the count of Native American students eligible for the JOM program annually. The bill will establish a new baseline count of JOM-elig…

The Women’s March has come and gone for a third year. And while smaller than past years, hundreds of thousands of women still braved the frigid weather to exercise their First Amendment right to protest.

As January is designated School Board Recognition Month by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, we would like to take the opportunity to express our appreciation to Brian Green, Gene Haynes, Ken Inman, Jeff “Bo” Radley and Pam Shearer for their service to Sequoyah Public Schools.

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It was a historic day in December when we celebrated the final removal of more than 10,000 tons of nuclear waste that have plagued Sequoyah County and its citizens for decades. More than 500 semi-tractor loads removed the dangerous substances from the former Sequoyah Fuels Corporation site n…

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s Address to the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security Crisis on our Southern Border:

This week I experienced an extremely specific emotional reaction that I’d completely forgotten existed. I was watching Top Chef, a show I’ve been a long time fan of but have mostly always had to binge once it's dropped on Hulu thanks my “cord cutting” ways. Thanks to the generosity of friend…

The Claremore Chamber of Commerce has two great events that are occurring in January.

My grandfather and grandmother I am pretty sure never uttered a profanity word in their entire lifetime. They just didn’t do it. Grandma even got upset once when one of their nephews referred to his father as “the Old Man.”

New Year’s resolutions aren’t a bad thing, but I sometimes wonder if in our quest to start the new year with things we need to fix, we can easily start our new year thinking about what could go wrong instead of what could be right. A favorite author of mine, Annie F Downs, says she doesn’t d…

There is Christmas overload out there. There’s pop culture’s current love/hate relationship with cheesy Christmas movies created for TV by probably twenty different television networks. Plus, there is so much Christmas music out there to choose from, some of it terrible and some of it deligh…

Cherokees have long held the tradition of coming together to support our families, friends and communities. As one of the most respected shared values within our culture, I am proud to say it remains at the forefront of the work we do every day for our people here at the Cherokee Nation.

My husband Randy and I are doing something very different for us. We are staying here in Claremore for Christmas and missing with being with our sons and their families this holiday. Our kids live in the far reaches of the country. The oldest is in Idaho, our middle son is in South Carolina …

As another year comes to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future with hope for happiness, good health and peace. This year has brought a lot of different challenges and provided me and my family many great opportunities to connect with people in our c…

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Voter turnout during the Nov. 6 mid-term election for the state of Oklahoma was incredibly invigorating with 1,186,385 or 56 percent of citizens casting a ballot in the governor’s election. And while this number has Oklahoma moving in the right direction, another number released by the state…

What makes a city unique? What are the characteristics that make Claremore different than any other town in Oklahoma? I think about this sort of question a lot. If I’m in the car, driving to the grocery store, I think about it. As I’m in line at the bank, I think about it. As I’m supposed to…

I attended a high school that had philosophy as a required class. So I’m probably in a very strange demographic that actually has read some of the writers and thinkers mentioned in each episode of NBC’s “The Good Place”, which, with the strangest premise in network television, is about a wei…

Our community is in a giving spirit this holiday season! First we saw a tremendous fundraising effort for the Will Rogers Memorial Theatre and last Friday evening for the Safenet Services Festival of Trees. Both organizations were able to meet their goals and will be able to do great things …

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As of my writing this, we’re two episodes into the Bravo series “Dirty John” about the complicated, real life abusive relationship between John Meehan and Debra Newall. And I already know how it's going to end. Not because I’m so brilliant. Not because its so obvious. But because I’ve listen…

Okay, a true confession – I love the Hallmark Channel and everything warm and fuzzy their movies represent. Especially the Christmas movies. I get that there isn’t much drama and we are going to see a perfect ending, but I like happy television when there is so much chaos on broadcast channe…

The Christmas shopping frenzy is in full swing. Between Black Friday sales that happen on Thanksgiving day, actual Black Friday, and Cyber Monday everyone is hunting for bargains.

We wish to give a "thumbs up" to the City for cleaning out the trees and brush from below our Claremore Lake Dam. This area has long been neglected. We can remember how pretty the area below the dam can be, with the big rocks and cascading waters when the lake is full to overflowing. This pr…

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