With the results from the first two presidential election contests now available, it is becoming clearer who has the highest odds of being the target of Department of Justice investigations. Those same results have also seemingly decreased the chances that Hunter Biden will be subpoenaed by …
I had a busy week at the Capitol last week presenting bills in committee, which is the first step a Senate bill must take before heading to the Senate floor for a vote. I presented six bills in committee, so I wanted to share details about some of the bills that passed.
We’ve completed week two of the 2020 legislative session, and with it we began hearing bills in committee and on the Senate floor. It’s looking to be a busy month – we have 840 Senate Bills and 19 Senate Joint Resolutions to consider before our Senate bill committee deadline on Feb. 27.
When we first made the leap of opening the Cherokee Nation Film Office, we often heard, “Why should Cherokee Nation get involved in this?” To that I say, “Why not us?”
Governor Stitt kicked off the 2020 legislative session with his State of the State address, which outlines his priorities and budget requests for the year. He also shared many positive things happening in Oklahoma that I’m proud to report back to District 2.
In my years of service to the Cherokee Nation, I have seen how powerful it can be when our tribal nation and the state of Oklahoma maintain a stable and positive partnership. The Cherokee Nation’s economic impact in our state – almost $2.2 billion – is rooted in our commitment to investing i…
By the time this column is being read, the Iowa caucuses will be over and the results will provide additional inspiration and motivation for a candidate (or two) and have the opposite effect on even more campaigns that didn't get the result they hoped for. It is likely that a candidate or tw…
The Oklahoma State Board of Education recently approved administrative rules regarding school calendar guidelines that stemmed from Senate Bill 441, which I authored and was passed by the legislature during the last legislative session.
Greetings from the state capitol! February 3rd is the first day of session. The House alone saw 1381 bills and resolutions filed, plus most of the bills filed last year are still eligible to be heard. Let’s talk about something else!
On the last day of 2019, Cherokee Nation was able to secure an extension of our hunting and fishing compact with the state of Oklahoma. The compact reinforces the rights of Cherokee citizens to hunt and fish within our reservation boundaries and provides additional access for Cherokees to en…
As the next legislative session is quickly approaching, I’d like to take a moment to remind everyone of a very important civic duty coming up in April. While it is an election year, I’m not talking about voting. This civic duty only happens once every 10 years, but it is vital to securing a …
Oklahoma is a state heavily reliant on resource extraction industries. To anyone who has lived in Oklahoma for more than 10 minutes, that’s an obvious statement and just a technical-sounding way of saying that our state depends on prosperity in the oil and gas sector.
I don’t know about y’all, but I am ready to crush some goals this year! Maybe you don’t feel so ready, and that’s okay. Maybe you’re ready, but you’re worried your high schooler isn’t.
The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is comprised of the governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes and works to protect tribal self-determination and sovereign rights. These five tribal nations collectively represent more than 750,…
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed legislation prohibiting law enforcement entities from enacting policies that require officers, justices or judges to meet traffic citation quotas.
When President Trump was sworn into office, he promised to strengthen our national security and bolster policies that prioritize the needs of American citizens. One of the first areas he tackled was the United States’ refugee resettlement program, a program first established in 1948 by the U…
As much as we all want to say we recognize and shun abusive behavior—we all take part in romanticizing it to dangerous levels.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5
Following President Trump’s decisive action to order a drone strike that killed General Qasem Soleimani, many in the mainstream media are downplaying the fact that he was the architect of Iran’s expanded influence across the Middle East.
Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season and enjoyed ringing in 2020 with your loved ones. With each new year, I’m reminded of how blessed we are to live in this state and country where we can enjoy the freedoms and liberties so many across the world do not have. The Oklahoma st…
Across Cherokee Nation are places rich in Cherokee history. Whether it is a refreshing spring that supplied Cherokee families with life-sustaining water, a century-old building where our ancestors gathered, or the solemn grounds of a cemetery where a Cherokee leader is laid to rest, these pl…
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement regarding an operation that killed Iranian General Soleimani:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after he was informed by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the United States military, at the direction of President Trump, exe…
As has become an annual tradition, a plethora of holiday memes and gifs are being posted on the internet. Thankfully, this is one of the more innocuous uses of social media and is also probably closer to what Mark Zuckerberg and Tom originally envisioned when they created their social media …
With every new year comes a new legislative session, and I’m excited to hit the ground running in February when the Second Session of the 57th Legislature convenes. One of the biggest responsibilities of our legislative body is to set the budget for each state agency and appropriate funds wisely.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end [. . . .]” Isaiah 9:6-7
The word ‘Christmas’ is not found in the Bible. The word means ‘Mass of Christ’ from the early English phrase ‘Cristes Maesse.’ The holiday known as Christmas acknowledges and celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.
Oklahoma is arguably the most distinctive state in the Union. It is the home of 4 million people, a place of great beauty and abundant natural resources. However, what most sets Oklahoma apart are the 38 sovereign Indian nations that share this land.
All of my life I have been surrounded by ladies. The list starts with my mother and follows with a love-filled cadence of grandmother, several aunts, and a sister, a soulmate in form of my wife, two daughters, three granddaughters, and now a great-granddaughter.
MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. For too many Native women, violence is an ever-present threat. Murder is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our Native sisters expe…
Even though the Democratic majority is too busy pursuing a baseless impeachment investigation to get things done for the American people, our economy is holding strong. That’s all thanks to the work Republicans got done during President Trump’s first two years in office.
Thanksgiving dinner is over and now it is time to get down to some serious business. That task is to pick out some great Christmas movies to watch over the next several weeks.
The holidays are here, and for many parents, it’s all about managing their kids’ expectations. They think they need to give their kids the biggest presents, the most presents, and the coolest presents. But trust me: Little Sally won’t be scarred for life if she doesn’t get a pony.
When I was growing up in that long-ago land a bunch of us remember as grade school, you would have thought the Pilgrims held that first Thanksgiving in true Griswoldian fashion, piling out of the family truckster at grandma’s house, wearing Crayola-colored Indian headdress and Pilgrim hats t…
This time last year I expressed in this column that Thanksgiving often creates better pop culture moments than Christmas. As I watched a variety of extremely random thanksgiving television episodes to get myself in the Thanksgiving mood this year, I’m even more convinced. I watched procedura…
The largest tribal outpatient health facility in America is now open in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. We gathered recently to dedicate the 470,000-square-foot facility. It was a transformational moment in Cherokee Nation’s history.
OKLAHOMA CITY – As of November 1, sex offenders residing with a minor child must now report to the statewide centralized Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) hotline. Previously, only the parent, stepparent or grandparent of a minor had to report to the hotline. Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmo…
Not every hard-working Cherokee Nation citizen who graduates from high school wants to go to college, but they still deserve access to a quality job and a rewarding career. That is why Cherokee Nation is doubling our funding for Career Tech training from $1 million to $2 million.
OKLAHOMA CITY- Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed legislation Wednesday to create an income tax credit for Oklahoma citizens who successfully complete the gun safety training course required to get a concealed carry permit.
November is a significant time for the Cherokee Nation and other tribal nations across the United States. This is the time that we commemorate Native American Heritage Month.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Ben Loring (D-Miami) released the following statement in response to legislation filed to rename part of Historic Route 66 in House District 7 after President Donald Trump.
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