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Five more candidates file for state offices
Five additional candidates filed declarations Friday to run for state-level offices Wednesday, while no new candidates filed for county races.
Friday was the last day candidates could file for office.
Splash pad contract OK’d at meeting
During a special meeting of the Tahlequah City Council Friday, members unanimously approved a contract award for a planned splash pad, and adjusted the scope of a grant to allow rehabilitation of a building at Tahlequah City Park.
When Stacy Pratt met Joseph, the love of her life, they were 19, poets, fellow bandmates and English majors, hanging out in a small college town, playing music and enjoying life.
Today, they are married, and much of their courtship and married life has been dedicated to education and the military.
Pratt, Muscogee/Creek, gave a presentation during the 42nd annual Symposium on the American Indian Thursday at Northeastern State University, outlining “resiliency” and how it applies to those intimately involved in the Iraq and Afghan wars.
Pratt, assistant professor of English at State University of New York, Jefferson Community College in Watertown, is also a writer, musician and performer. She shared her story of love, loss and resilience through song and poetry.
Miss NSU reads to Tahlequah third-graders
Third-graders at three of Tahlequah’s elementary schools were told about the importance of reading - and were read a story - by a special guest on Wednesday.
Miss Northeastern State University LaTasha Atcity visited the schools and read Judith Viorst’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” She also gave a free book and bookmark to each student.
Workshop discusses online code talker sites
During the spring semester, Northeastern State University has welcomed guest speakers and a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Native Words, Native Warriors,” to explain and honor the history of Native American code talkers.
As part of NSU’s 42nd Symposium on the American Indian, a workshop was conducted to discuss online sites through which students can conduct research and educators can develop lesson plans about code talkers.
“Resilient Warriors: Researching the Indian Code Talkers” was presented by Steve Beleu of the U.S. Government Information Division of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and Samantha Clifford, government documents librarian for NSU’s John Vaughan Library.
Domestic flap lands man and his ex in jail
Two Cherokee County residents bonded out of jail this week after a home burglary led to a gun being pulled, sheriff’s deputies said.
Deputy Jarrick Snyder’s report says authorities were called to Manard Road to investigate an assault supposedly involving a gun. Snyder said he arrived and was met by Cindy M. Scott, Justin L. Scott, and Tina Gordon, all of whom were outside of the home.
Arnall taking on David for state Senate
A Tahlequah man on Thursday threw his hat into the ring for a state-level Senate race.
Charles R. Arnall, a Tahlequah Democrat, filed to seek election as the senator of District 18. He’s the only Democrat to file for that seat so far.
Incumbent Kim David, a Porter Republican, filed Wednesday to seek re-election, with no competition as of Thursday on the GOP side of the race.
Trustees increase use tax to match sales tax
Members of the Hulbert Board of Trustees unanimously voted to increase the city’s use tax to match the recent sales tax hike to 4 percent, which was approved by voters in a March 4 special election.
The use tax permits the collection of sales taxes on goods sold in Hulbert from businesses outside the city, such as purchases made online or through the mail.
Candidates began filing their declarations to run for county and state-level offices Wednesday, setting in motion several races for the June 24 primary.
Welcomes were extended and the keynote address given Wednesday during the opening ceremony of the 42nd Symposium on the American Indian.
The formal beginning to the annual celebration of Native American culture was in the Sen. Herb Rozell Ballroom at the University Center on Northeastern State University campus.
The symposium theme is “Thriving Nations, Resilient Peoples,” and the ceremony focused on the adaptability, resourcefulness, optimism and success of American Indians through their histories – even when confronted with difficult circumstances.
Dr. Donald L. Fixico, distinguished foundation professor of history at Arizona State University, delivered the keynote address. NSU President Steve Turner and Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker gave welcomes, as did Ernestine Berry, director of the John Hair Cultural Center and Museum. Berry spoke on behalf of Principal Chief George Wickliffe of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.
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