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Netflix’s new show Dead to Me is one of the most unique shows I’ve personally ever watched. It’s a mostly tragic comedy about two female friends (played by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini) who meet at a grief support group, but there’s also bits of mystery, suspense, and occasional …

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Building the next generation of business entrepreneurs ensures new ideas make it to market, new jobs are created and local economies are boosted. Cherokee Nation plays a huge part in those endeavors, right here at home. Our sovereign government helps tribal citizens foster their business ide…

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We are in the last stretch of this year’s legislative session and negotiators are moving closer to finalizing a budget agreement. For the past few weeks, common education has remained at the forefront in the final budget discussions. This week, Senate Republicans announced a plan to invest $…

At Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal government in America, we recognize and respect women as life givers, culture bearers and the caretakers of our people. Their health, wellness and safety must be protected at all levels of government – tribal, state and federal.

The legislative session is just a few weeks from wrapping up for the year and work continues on finalizing the budget and considering measures as we move through the legislative process. By law, we must have a budget in place before we adjourn in late May and it appears we are on schedule to…

If you are a human being who leaves your house and interacts with people, there is a fairly large chance you’ve at least heard someone express some excitement about the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment “Avengers: Endgame.” I’m not here to try to spoil anything, or even try to con…

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This week marked the deadline to have House bills off the Senate floor.  By Thursday, 255 House Bills had passed off Senate floor and 283 House Bills were reported out of Senate committees.  On the House side, 288 Senate bills had passed off House floor and 350 Senate Bills were reported out…

Among many other topics concerning “old age” it is said a person starts having problems at times with their long or even short memory storage. Not true for me. My only trouble here is the times I try to retrieve a memory.

ABC’s Bless This Mess might be a charming comedy once you get past how, well, messy the premise is. The show focuses on New York City couple Mark and Rio (Dax Shepard and Lake Bell) who quit their jobs and move sight unseen to a recently inherited Nebraska farm with the intention of farming …

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Much like an elder weaving rivercane into the walls of a basket, our Cherokee language speakers strengthen our identity by vibrantly using our language.  Language is the most clearly defined aspect of our heritage. It is the foundation of Cherokee culture. Without our language, we lose a sig…

May 26, 1978, remains the darkest day in the history of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Trooper Houston F. Summers, a Chelsea and Rogers County native, and two fellow officers lost their lives during an exchange of gun fire on a lonely country back road.

We just wrapped up the 11th week of the legislative session.  The Senate had 226 House bills on General Order after last week’s committee deadline, and 67 House bills have passed off the Senate floor so far.  April 25 is the deadline for House bills to make it off the Senate floor.  As of th…

I’d imagine Easter means a lot of things to a lot of people, myself included. But for me and my particular faith tradition, one Easter idea I love is that of redemption. People, events, and circumstances can be turned around and into something different than they once were. I love those kind…

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Times have certainly changed since one saw bumper stickers in Oklahoma that said, “Lord, please send us another oil boom. We promise we won’t throw this one away.”

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“Worthy” that is the word I try to impart to the women in shelter and in my sexual assault support groups. Many times, after being sexually assaulted, the victim no longer has a sense of worth or value. I am there to remind them of their worth, support them on their journey to healing, and e…

NBC’s new comedy Abby’s, about a backyard bar tended and owned by the incredibly likable Abby, isn’t perfect. But if it can work out its kinks before it gets canceled, it will be a great show. The pilot itself was honestly only fine. It reminds you of the shows it’s supposed to. Shows that h…

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Saturday, April 6, was a busy day for Claremore residents. There were a lot of events to take in plus we had a beautiful day for working outside or going to the lake. Even with this to compete with, the residents of Claremore did a great job of supporting the Meals on Wheels annual food drive.

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Our tribal government is the sole owner, or shareholder, of Cherokee Nation Businesses.  CNB is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all of northeast Oklahoma. Together, the tribe and its business arm create an annual economic impact of $2.03 billion within the region. As…

The Sackler Family—which has earned over $4 billion from the sale of OxyContin over the past decade—is a charitable family. Some of the most prestigious museums and universities across the country bear the Sackler name. But there is one cause to which the Sacklers have notably failed to cont…

My husband and I recently spent several evenings watching the new Netflix original “The Umbrella Academy”. It has many of the kinds of things that would seem to make it the perfect sort of show for me. It’s based on a comic book, deals with the difficulties of growing up, has weird steampunk…

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Pull out all the baseball clichés. The trio of men was a true triple play of talent. Call them a grand slam minus-one. They certainly loaded the bases and then touched ‘em all. The game on the diamond is noted for the pitcher-catcher battery, but here we had a three-man battery in a prominent role.

Have you ever wondered about the people who give you your ballots on Election Day? Have you ever wondered how old they actually are? Most likely it’s been the same people sitting behind that table since you were a youngster and you trailed behind your parents when they went to vote. They gre…

It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. Hopefully Mr. Dickens will pardon the theft of one of his lines, but they certainly fill the bill for the year of 1921.

Despite the opioid crisis leading to the deaths of more than 70,000 Americans by drug overdoses, only one in ten Americans with an addiction receives treatment.  Over 7 million opioid pills were prescribed in Muskogee County in 2017—enough for every man, woman, and child in the county to eac…

Here’s really personal, not bologna talk about why I think pop culture matters. This week I really needed the kind of movie that makes you pump your fists. That makes you feel powerful. That makes you feel like you can do anything. Strong female lead things tend to do exactly that for me, so…

This week, we spent extended days hearing bills on the Senate floor, as the March 14 deadline for third reading is rapidly approaching. As you’re aware, government accountability and transparency are two major legislative goals this year. This week, we took a big step towards bringing those …

For centuries, institutions of higher education have existed as places of critical thinking. Individuals are exposed to new ideas and pushed to defend their beliefs. The free and open exchange of ideas is not only accepted, but also celebrated. When public universities embrace free expressio…

Native children are removed from their homes at a higher rate than most of their peers. Nonetheless, in the recent Texas v. Bernhardt case, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional because it is race based. The ruling stated that ICWA was …

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Had one been approaching Claremore’s business section on a pleasant February morning in 1920, he or she might have notice a rather large man taking a stroll.

During March we celebrate Women’s History Month, honoring the enormous contributions Cherokee women have made throughout our history. From Isabel Cobb, the first female physician in Indian Territory, to Mary Golda Ross, a NASA aerospace engineer who helped America win the space race, Cheroke…

In 2007, Claremore citizens passed an educational bond that would impact me in ways I wouldn’t know or understand until this year. 600 miles away in a small Texas town was a first grade girl who had no idea how different her life was about to get. In 2011, my family moved to Claremore, and I…

As a Claremore senior currently finishing my last semester of high school I am reflective of my secondary schooling. I feel I have been blessed beyond measure by the Claremore Public School System. In my high school career, I have been a member of the jazz band, concert band, marching band, …

One of my favorite days at the Capitol every year is Claremore Day.  It’s always a great opportunity to visit with community business leaders, Chamber of Commerce members, city officials and many Claremore residents who come for a fun day at the State Capitol celebrating our community.   

I’m only a few episode’s into FX’s Legion (so don’t spoil it for me), a superhero show about a character from Marvel’s X-men. Or at least that’s what it’s sort of about. Really, it's about mental illness. David Haller, the main character, has schizophrenia or at least that’s what he thinks, …

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a series of measures that would give Oklahoma's governor sweeping new powers to choose who runs some of the state’s largest agencies.

Claremore school district voters are facing a March 5 bond issue vote which brings to mind more than one historic story. Claremore voters know there was a time when Claremore was dotted with prefab buildings. Thanks to foresighted school officials and a committee of concerned citizens, a mas…

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Greetings from the state capitol! I’ve written and spoken often the past few years about the executive branch reforms I believe can result in a more effective and efficient state government. Our Governor devoted significant time in his campaign talking about a 21st century government, improv…

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