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A Tribute Song: A Modern Warrior, Charles Surveyor sought Peace, Justice and Prosperity

President Bill Clinton, left, and Charles Surveyor, were participants in a White House meeting where, Surveyor said, the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma thought they had gained a pledge tribal lands at Fort Reno would be restored to their control.
White House Photo

  Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher So long as I retain consciousness, I will remember the names, and the stories, of Charles Surveyor and Archie Hoffman – Cheyenne & Arapaho leaders who deserve the respect of all Oklahomans, and all Americans who thirst for justice.Before their encounters with the white man, the Two Tribes – Cheyenne […]

YWCA OKC celebrates 30 years of providing safety for women at Purple Sash Gala


  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – YWCA Oklahoma City (YWCA OKC) will host its 16th annual Purple Sash Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at The Criterion, 500 E. Sheridan. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Program begins at 7 p.m. Providing services in the community for over […]

A humanitarian giant, Jim Rowan leaves a long shadow on social and criminal justice

Jim Rowan tried 40 death penalty cases in his 35 years of service as a public defender in Oklahoma County and for the Capital Trial Division of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System in Norman.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City resident James Thomas Rowan (May 25, 1944 – May 6, 2019) was a champion of social and criminal justice dedicated to public service.  He worked his entire life to help the persecuted and underprivileged. His obituary stated: Jim was a dedicated husband, proud father, zealous advocate, and […]

Treasurer Randy McDaniel reports: New Record High for Gross Receipts

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel. Photo provided.

Staff Report     OKLAHOMA CITY – Gross Receipts to the Treasury reached a record high in April and demonstrate the Oklahoma economy has continued to expand, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced this week. Reports on total state revenue collections in April and over the past 12 months show growth of more than 12 percent, […]

OK-CADP fundraiser to feature Innocence Project’s Vanessa Potkin and honor death penalty foe Jim Rowan on June 8

Vanessa Potkin, Director of Postconviction Litigation for the Innocence Project and Executive Producer of the ABC documentary “The Last Defense,” will be keynote speaker at the OK-CADP Annual Dinner on June 8. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 28th Annual Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) Awards Dinner & Meeting will be held Saturday, June 8 at the Capitol View Event Center, 5201 N. Lincoln Boulevard, in Oklahoma City. A cocktail reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner […]

2019 Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Four honorees were recently inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame at the 2019 conference’s annual Awards Luncheon in Chickasha. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Charles Tate, chair of the 2019 Oklahoma History and Preservation Conference Committee, recently announced the four individuals that were inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame at the conference’s annual Awards Luncheon in Chickasha last month. Honorees include Dr. Dianna Everett, Emmy Scott Stidham, […]

Diversity Center of Oklahoma to host 5th Annual Gender Diverse & LGBTQ Symposium

Diversity Center of Oklahoma will host its 5th Annual Gender Diverse LGBTQ Symposium on May 17 and 18 featuring speakers (L-R) Dr. Courtney Caplin, Dr. Al Carlozzi, and James Cooper.  Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Diversity Center of Oklahoma (DCO) will host its 5th Annual Gender & 2S-LGBTQ Symposium addressing best practices for “Total Wellness for Diverse Communities.”  The event will be held Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, at the OU Heath Science Center (OUHSC) College of […]

Micah Awards recognize St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School Students

From left, Yearbook class students in middle school at St. Charles Borromeo took a break to smile for The City Sentinel. From left: Magan Pham, Camden Tremblay, Rebecca Smith, Katalina Robberson, Fina Chongwa and Fatima Morales. The Catholic school’s Micah Award honors students who live the Micah 6:8 mandate: “You have been told … what is good, and what the Lord requires of you. Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with God.”  Photograph by Patrick B. McGuigan

by Heidee Cruz, St. Charles newspaper student Warr Acres – Every nine weeks at St.Charles Borromeo a student from grades pre-K through Eighth Grade receive what is called the Micah Award. The Middle School designations come from the “House” to which one belongs, including students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The honor is inspired […]

“Carmen” will conclude Painted Sky Opera’s season on May 17 and May 19

Carmen 2

Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY – One of opera’s most enthralling characters comes to life in an intense 90 minute re-interpretation of what many consider opera’s most loved show. This month, the Painted Sky Opera company will present Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” Pared down to four singers, the opera follows Carmen as she draws the infatuated […]

OKIE presents a superSHEro

Linor Abargil, a former Miss Israel named Miss World, will keynote the OKIE event “Captes and Crowns” on Monday, May 12 in Oklahoma City. Abargil is the subject of “Brave Miss World,” a documentary. Photo: Passion River Films

Staff Report   The Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) is presenting “Capes and Crowns … sparkle like a superSHEro,” on Monday, May 13 at the Jones Assembly (901 West Sheridan Avenue, Oklahoma City 73106) Martha Burger of Oklahoma City University will be honored with the Light Leadership Legacy award, a distinction reserved for high-profile community leaders. […]

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