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Jonathan Small statement on ‘McGirt v. Oklahoma’ court decision

Jonathan Small is president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, with offices near the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.   Responding to Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, issued the following statement: “This week’s Court ruling reminds us that, in times like we’re living in today, it’s more important than ever that we all remain united for Oklahoma. “The […]

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

Hagia Sophia, circa 1987. Public Domain Photo

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 […]

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

The Creek Nationa logo

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

Historic map, circa 1890, showing the division between Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory.

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 […]

News Summary, and a Prayer for Secoriea, Mayor Bottoms, Atlanta and America

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at a July 2019 event. Facebook Photo.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher, The City Sentinel According to CNN, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms denounced the fatal shooting of an eight-year-old girl near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was killed: “We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets. You shot and killed a baby. And it wasn’t […]

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