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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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May 20 is national “Be a Millionaire Day.” I know, it might be a strange thing to bring up at a time like this, when the economy is limping along thanks to the coronavirus shutdown. But I disagree. In fact, it’s more important than ever to stay focused on your wealth-building dreams.

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As job losses continue to pile up due to the actions belatedly taken to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, public conversation about the pandemic has shifted. During the initial stages of the response to the virus, news coverage was largely focused on the health threat. Private conversa…

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In February, it was projected that Oklahoma would have a revenue gap of about $85 million for the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, primarily due to lower energy prices. By April, the State Board of Equalization announced that we’d instead be facing a $1.3 billion budget hole as a result of the econo…

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Senate and House leadership reached a budget deal this past week to stabilize the Fiscal Year 2021 budget to the fullest extent possible under the dwindling state revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil and gas prices.

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As Mother’s Day approaches, we pause to honor and remember the courageous women who love, nurture, and mentor us, or who have done so in our past. There is a Claremore woman for whom I am eternally grateful, a mother who, odd as it may seem, I have never met. One hundred years separate the d…

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One of the good fortunes of teaching at a small, regional public university like RSU is the opportunity to stretch my teaching muscles, and teach a wide variety of courses. One of the courses I teach is “intergovernmental relations,” its principal focus is on federalism, detailing the often …

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As Oklahoma prepares to fully reopen over the next month, there have been many questions about unemployment benefits and who will remain eligible, as well as how the reopening will take place.

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As of mid-April, about 95% of Americans—or 306 million people—were placed under a stay-at-home order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. This means that in a matter of days we’d been thrown into the largest work-from-home experiment in history.

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Countless individuals and organizations, the Progress included, has been encouraging participation in the U.S. Census. This week, though, the city of Claremore embraced an initiative to push response rates even higher.

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One of the greatest sources of strength Cherokee people have right now is our culture and heritage. COVID-19 precautions have temporarily closed down our museums and postponed cultural events, but Cherokees across the world are using social media and other digital means to stay connected.

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During the difficult time we are currently facing, our societal “norms” are challenged.  In a recent interview, a pundit expressed his belief the changes we are making today may become the “new norm” of the future. Working from home and changing our social patterns will likely become the new…

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Governor Stitt shared a few updates this past week that should give us all some hope in the midst of this pandemic. New modeling shows the peak demand for COVID-19 hospitalizations will occur around April 30, and these estimations are much lower than the original models. Our hospitals will h…

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A cancer diagnosis is life-changing; treatment suppresses the immune system which can make patients more vulnerable to infections. With the current pandemic, COVID-19, many are asking if they should start or continue cancer treatment.

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The relationship between taxation and economic performance, like so many contemporary issues, invites controversy. Part of the problem is polarization within the field of economics. The schism -- often posed as a conflict between “freshwater” and “saltwater” economists -- reflects fundamenta…

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Very few Oklahomans, if any, have faced a pandemic like COVID-19 in their lifetime. This pandemic has changed our daily routines in an instant and has created a new normal for many for us. Our kids' schools are closed for the remainder of the school year and have transitioned to distance lea…

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The state has finally created a model to predict, at least somewhat, when the state will see a peak in COVID-19 cases. Currently, they've stuck that pin in April 21.

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Essential workers are exhausted. As a whole, I’m certain they are overwhelmingly grateful to have a job and a steady income. But they’re exhausted.

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The legislature met this past Monday under very sobering circumstances to affirm Governor Stitt’s health emergency declaration, which was enacted under the Catastrophic Emergency Powers Act. This was created in 2003 in response to 9/11 to assist Oklahoma’s response to future national and sta…

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The legislature met at the Capitol on Monday while following strict health protocols to approve Governor Stitt’s health emergency, which gives him additional powers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic using the Catastrophic Emergency Powers Act. He now has the authority to temporarily suspen…

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Easter is usually a time for us to gather together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and His victory over sin and death. We’re used to churches filled with people to hear the gospel, families coming together to share a meal, and kids hunting for eggs.

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As we face this ongoing crisis, I feel fortunate to be part of our strong Cherokee Nation team. Every day I am surrounded by people making a difference. Our frontline health care workers and first responders, our caregivers and social services providers, our Cherokee Nation Businesses leader…

During times of great uncertainty and hardship, the Cherokee people have never shied away from standing on the front lines. We pool our resources to help in any way possible. We support our neighbors and those who need it the most, especially our children and elders.

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We're all grieving. We're grieving the loss of the world as we know it. The world we existed in, that we were accustomed to, is gone. We're grieving the loss of gathering for meals, gathering for worship, and simply knowing what to expect out of our day.

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