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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…

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.

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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…

My office has received numerous emails and phone calls over the last few weeks concerning the issues that we’re facing in this legislative session, including several regarding the bill I authored to restore five-day school weeks in Oklahoma public schools. Senate Bill 441 passed in committee…

It is not the biggest or most expensive tombstone in Claremore’s Woodlawn Cemetery. Still anyone passing by can’t help notice its existence. The gray marker has been standing in place for 100 years.

Maybe you’re like me and sometimes as you’re scrolling through your streaming options, your channels, or pursuing your DVD collection you think, “Hey I probably should watch that new thing everybody is talking about but really I want to watch this old thing for the hundredth time.” I suppose…

The right to bear arms is a constitutional right and it is one that I do not plan to give up any time in the near future.  Unfortunately for those of us who are ardent supporters of the Second Amendment, Democrats controlling the House of Representatives have different plans for gun owners.

Because Oklahoma’s rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage, it’s only natural that we should take an appropriate and lasting action to recognize the impact that tribes have on the state of Oklahoma, throughout history and in today’s modern landscape.

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…

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…

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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…

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