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Stranger Things 3 is probably Netflix’s biggest buzzed about series ever, with reportedly 40 millions viewers in the first four days and tons of internet chatter. To give one an idea of comparison, Sunday Night Football averaged about 19 million, This is Us averaged 16.06 million, and Game o…

As citizens of the United States, we have a responsibility to participate in the United States Census, a national roll call mandated by the United States Constitution. As citizens of the Cherokee Nation, it is even more important because the U.S. Census is used to allocate funding for the pr…

One of the most important duties of Congress outlined in the U.S. Constitution is to provide for the common defense. It is a promise to American citizens that we will protect them and defend American interests across the globe. Each year, we keep that promise by passing the National Defense …

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When the Day of Love was announced one day at the Senior Center, I signed up immediately. My request was simply to clear the alley behind my house. I expected perhaps two or three volunteers. What actually happened was difficult for me to understand. Early on Saturday the 13th a virtual army…

WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the first time during his tenure in Congress. It passed the House on a party line vote of 220 to 197.

Spider-Man: Far from Home is just about the best thing one could ask for in a summer movie, but I didn’t think it would be. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe as much as the next person who grew up on superhero cartoons. Superheroes have personal, sentimental value to me because I spent my…

Our ability as a government to communicate with our citizens has just taken a great leap forward. The Cherokee Nation’s website – Cherokee.org – relaunched July 1. The overhaul, the first in more than eight years, creates a better user experience on the website that operates as our digital f…

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WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) today introduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act. Their legi…

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No matter our musical preferences, most of us that love music probably also have music that for us instantly equals summer. I’m talking about music that makes you want to roll down the window, jump in the pool, or fire up the grill and invite some friends over. But you can’t build a whole Co…

Every Independence Day we celebrate our Founding Fathers who had the courage to go against the British monarch and create their own government. They had a vision for a government controlled by the people where every citizen had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They al…

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As of the publication of this column Wizards Unite has been out for just over a week. For those who may not be in the know, Wizard’s Unite is a Harry Potter themed augmented reality game created by the same people who brought us the Pokemon Go craze. By no means does this new game seem to ha…

Cherokee Nation was recently bestowed a great honor by the U.S. Navy, which has decided to name its latest rescue ship after our tribal nation. The forthcoming USNS Cherokee Nation will be launched in summer of 2021 and will be a testament to the service and contributions the Cherokee people…

Iran has a long history of creating chaos in the Middle East with no regard for the consequences. The United States first imposed sanctions on them in 1979 as a result of the Iran Hostage Crisis, where they held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Since that incident, we have repeatedly used …

All of society respects the man who cares for the homeless because as a culture we believe no life should be just thrown away. Everyone grieves, prays and works to help those struggling with addiction because we care about human dignity. We all admire the woman who feeds a hungry child or se…

It’s summer time, so maybe for you that means its road trip time. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with listening to the radio or your favorite spotify playlist over a long drive to your destination, another great way to make that drive more bearable is the perfect road trip podcast.

The United States is in the best neighborhood on the planet and our neighbors are our best customers. Canada is the number one market for exports and Mexico is number two, both nationally and in Oklahoma. Oklahoma exports $1.4 billion worth of goods and services to Canada and $527 million to…

Dads, it’s your weekend, and I hope you feel appreciated, honored, and loved. You all frequently get a little bit of a bad rap in pop culture, getting portrayed as clueless, aloof, or just plain rude. Maybe sometimes those stereotypes are based on the unfortunate experiences of the writers. …

Art therapy is more than simply filling in a coloring book. Cherokee Nation’s Indian Child Welfare department is expanding its art therapy endeavor for tribal foster children over the next year thanks to a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Cherokee Nation is one of only…

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Greetings from the state capitol! Let’s dispense from the usual end-of-session readout about the budget. You’ve read a couple of really good pieces from our state senator, but severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding have our attention focused on recovery. We should offer kudos to all involved…

We are past the first session of the 57th Legislature, and I can confidently say that this administration has hit the ground running on delivering accountability, transparency and results.

Netflix’s The Final Table has the dramatic production style of Iron Chef, the beautiful cinematography of Chef’s Table, and multicultural celebrations of friendship, successes, and beat the odds perseverance that reminds one of The Olympics. The Final Table isn’t about dramatic fights or peo…

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As torrential spring storms have created historic flooding recently in our communities, our Cherokee Nation emergency responders have been out in full force, including the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service. The Cherokee Nation Marshals have been on the front lines, protecting, serving and ofte…

While many people across the country celebrated the unofficial start of summer last week, Oklahoma braced for severe weather and faced catastrophic flooding. As I traveled around Northeastern Oklahoma to help communities and meet with emergency management teams, I saw areas devastated. Roads…

The 2018 legislative session wrapped up this week at the Capitol and adjourned Sine Die on Thursday, with the Senate giving final approval to next year’s state budget (House Bill 2765) earlier in the week. The bill now awaits the governor’s final signature. This session, which has been calle…

For families across the country, Memorial Day Weekend means barbeques, an extra day off work, and the beginning of summer vacation for our kids. But even with many fun activities happening, we should never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.

During the month of May, designated as National Military Appreciation Month, we always take time to recognize the many Native military veterans who have sacrificed for all of us by defending our freedoms and our values. Additionally, on Memorial Day, we pay our deepest respects to those warr…

This past week has been a little crazy here in Oklahoma. There’s been flooding, tornadoes, and various forms of taking shelter. Or sitting on the porch and trying to get a good picture for Facebook. You do you. But for those of us who may start to get a little bored when hanging out in our s…

Following several weeks of negotiation, a budget agreement was announced Wednesday.  The proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget allows the state to put $400 million into the Rainy Day Fund, which currently already has a balance of upwards of $480 million, in addition to saving another $200 million…

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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 …

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…

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