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A loss of Secular Wisdom at a Holy Place: Regretting Erdoğan’s decree

By Nyla Ali Khan Editor’s Note: Hagia Sophia is among the world’s most historic structures. Built in A.D. 537 during the reign of [Eastern] Roman Emperor Justinian I, at the time of its completion it had the world’s largest interior space. The structure arose on a promontory in the ancient city of Byzantium, which had […]

Special edition of ’20/20’ to feature “The Last Defense” examining Julius Jones death row case airs July 14 on ABC


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A special edition of ABC’S ‘20/20’ airing Tuesday, July 14, will feature former high school basketball state champion and honor student Julius Jones, who is seeking clemency while on death row for murder. The program will air from 7 – 9 p.m. CST. Jones has […]

Analysis: Musings on ‘McGirt’, the most significant federal court decision in Oklahoma’s history

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Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher, The City Sentinel   Note: This essay is adapted and considerably expanded from a quartet of posts on Facebook yesterday. On Thursday (July 9) the U.S. Supreme Court issued the most significant legal decision in Oklahoma’s history. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, in the majority opinion: “On the far end of the […]

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt visits Red Rock, discusses gaming compact and other issues with Otoe-Missouria tribal members, local legislators


  Staff Report   Red Rock, Oklahoma — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt visited Red Rock, Okla. today, where he met with members of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and local legislators to discuss the tribe’s new gaming compact. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Interior published the compact in the Federal Register, meaning the various […]

Attorney General Mike Hunter joins major Oklahoma tribal nations to comment on ‘McGirt’ decision

Map of territorial days showing division of Oklahoma.  File photo

Staff Report The office of Attorney General Mike Hunter joined with the Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole Nations to release a joint statement Thursday (July 9) after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the state in the ‘McGirt v. Oklahoma’ case. The five tribes and Hunter’s office said the governments “have made […]

COMMENTARY: In the search for justice, the job of advocates is to advocate


By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In news parlance, state Attorney General Mike Hunter “drove the news cycle” on Monday, July 6. In a passionate presentation, he pulled together (with backing materials for reporters and to the public) the government’s case against Julius Jones — who was sent to Oklahoma’s death row […]

Oklahoma leaders support Pardon & Parole Board members Doyle and Luck, community calls for McCall resignation

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board members Kelly Doyle and Adam Luck.  Twitter photos

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A story that appeared in the Guthrie News Page on May 5 reports that Laura Austin Thomas, the district attorney for Payne and Logan counties, requested that two of the five Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board members, Kelly Doyle and Adam Luck, be removed […]

News Analysis: Two more Oklahoma tribes, on July 2, sign ‘Declarations of Independence’ through new compacts


Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City – Two small Oklahoma tribes have, in their own way, issued brand new versions of the Declaration of Independence. The moves came on July 2 (last Thursday) when the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (JKB) and the Kialegee Tribal Town signed gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma. Governor […]

EMBARK celebrates installation of 100th bus shelter

EMBARK, along with partner Tyler Outdoor, is celebrating the installation of its 100th bus shelter.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – EMBARK, along with partner Tyler Outdoor, is celebrating the installation of its 100th bus shelter. Over the last year, 100 bus stops throughout Oklahoma City have received new shelters. Now, more stops offer customers overhead shelter and a renewed sense of security and accessibility […]

OKC VA launches “Wear it for Them!” face mask campaign


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – With the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, the CDC, the US Surgeon General and other doctors are now urging the widespread use of masks and face coverings. To support this initiative, the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center has launched a campaign called “Wear […]

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