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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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It’s been a few weeks since the June 23 primary elections, where Oklahoma voters chose their slate of candidates for local, state and national offices and also approved State Question 802, which expands Medicaid in the state.

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More and more I’m seeing people complain about “how sensitive” everyone has become. As if people are high maintenance for wanting to be seen, heard and valued. There seems to be a pervasive thought that this inclusion of others is a burden, that it’s work we have to undertake.

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Even through this national health crisis, the business of our tribal nation carries on. We are committed to providing the housing, health care, education and other essential services that our people expect from a responsible, caring government. During the pandemic, we are doing more than eve…

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We all know that Hillcrest Hospital Claremore is important to the health and well-being of the people of Claremore and Rogers County. But did you know that it is also a strong driver of our local economy? Not only would State Question 802, Medicaid expansion, strengthen our local health care…

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The widely viewed video of a Minneapolis police officer killing a Black man by pressing his knee into the victim’s neck for eight minutes offers a brutal encapsulation of the relationship between law enforcement and the minority communities they police. Following another police killing of a …

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During this COVID-19 emergency, we are all doing our best to self-distance, avoid getting sick, and slow the spread of this terrible virus. At Cherokee Nation, we are slowly reopening businesses and governmental offices while still utilizing telework principles to keep everyone safe to accom…

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Americans are suffering from a crisis of confidence. It is not the same type of crisis President Carter spoke about in 1979, although the result of uncertainty about the future may be the same.

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Will Rogers, “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son,” once said, “This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it.” Even though Rogers said this more than 100 years ago, it remains true to this day.

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As CEO of Hillcrest Hospital Claremore, I understand the financial challenges of managing a rural hospital. Being ready for all types of emergencies 24/7 with trained medical professionals and necessary lifesaving technology is expensive. Yet many of the hardworking folks in our community ca…

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Near the end of my second term as Tahlequah’s mayor, some began suggesting the Civil War-related monuments on the Cherokee Capitol Square be removed. They cited many of the same reasons you often hear on the national news regarding the dismantling of statues and other types of memorials to C…

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One of the many issues my office has been working on since the conclusion of the 2020 legislative session last month is constituent assistance with unemployment claims. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) has battled many roadblocks since the pandemic took hold of our state in…

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Whether voting in-person or by absentee ballot, it's imperative that voters are informed and empowered as they head into election day.

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Walking through Claremore’s Woodlawn Cemetery on a peaceful summer’s day one comes upon a historic marker signifying the graveyard’s oldest burial site, the final resting place of one of Claremore’s earliest residents. This noteworthy Cherokee lived during a time of great Native American tra…

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At Cherokee Nation, we remain deeply invested in ensuring good education for Cherokees and all children living in our 14-county jurisdiction. Each year, we provide millions from our car tag revenues to support local schools. We are also highly involved in making sure children receive accurat…

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After more than a month since the first phase of our state’s reopening, Oklahoma has officially entered the third and final phase of the governor’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan. The decision to continue the reopening of our state has been made on COVID-19 testing data taken over th…

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If you have a college-bound teen or current college student, you probably already know filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the best ways to apply for scholarships and grants to help cash flow that degree. And let’s be real, the FAFSA is already confusin…

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Speculation abounds about the type of economic recovery that will take place as societies adjust to COVID-19. Many descriptive images related to a graph representing the economy are used to try to convey the possibilities.

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The governor went to work signing and vetoing legislation last week that was approved by both chambers, deciding if the measures would become law. While there were a number of great bills he approved, there were also several he decided to veto that would’ve made a positive impact on our stat…

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