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Oklahoma teacher union attacks aid to low-income and minority students

Ray Carter     Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan to use a small portion of the state’s federal COVID funding to address the education needs of some students — primarily homeless children, low-income (and typically minority) students, and teens recovering from addiction — has drawn both praise and criticism. The Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), the state […]

Governor Kevin Stitt begins work on state-tribal jurisdictional issues

Ray Carter, Director, Center for Independent Journalism   Oklahoma City – To address state-tribal jurisdictional issues created by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Monday (January 20) the formation of the Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty. The group will study and recommend changes to state or federal law required due to […]

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

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 […]

COMMENTARY: Saving Julius Jones: A time for truth, and a time for wisdom

  By Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher of The City Sentinel Thursday, June 11, 2020   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma state Pardon and Parole Board is asking Attorney General Mike Hunter whether or not they have the authority to consider requests for commutation of sentences imposed on death row inmates in our state. Those […]

Analyzing the Start of a New Era: Federal government greenlights Oklahoma gaming compacts for Comanche, Otoe-Missouria

Patrick B. McGuigan   The U.S. Department of the Interior today (Monday, June 8) approved gaming compacts – between the Comanche Nation and Oklahoma, and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the state – starting a new era in state/trial relations. Despite direct opposition from many other tribes – including the Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma’s most economically powerful […]

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt vetoes budget, state Legislature overrides

Ray Carter, Center for Independent Journalism   Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt vetoed the state’s “general appropriation” bill and several associated measures on Wednesday, but lawmakers voted to override those vetoes within hours. Stitt’s most significant veto was of Senate Bill 1922, the general appropriation bill for all of state government. “This proposed budget does not […]

Commentary – I was wrong in part, but now I am right in full: Stitt, Comanche and Otoe-Missouria green light a better future

  Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel   In the May print edition of The City Sentinel newspaper, I crafted a rather cautious defense of the gaming compact Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt forged with the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. It was also posted online. Forgive me: I was wrong to be cautious, although […]

COMMENTARY, An Editor’s Notebook: Tumult and Timeliness in Oklahoma’s Indian Country

  Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City, OK – There was tumult in Indian Country last month, blended with timeless assertions of relevance from tribes that often get left out of the power games in Washington and Oklahoma City. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation garnered headlines with a separate peace with Oklahoma Governor […]

Gov. Stitt lays out plan to reopen Oklahoma, reactions vary

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Wednesday (April 22), Gov. Stitt released the Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan.  A press conference was held to announce the three phases of his plan to reopen Oklahoma businesses. Health policy leaders, business advocates and local officials responded with diverse ranges of caution or […]

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