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Tue
20
Jun

Interior Head Suggests Reducing Bears Ears National Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are managed.

Zinke made the recommendation as part of an interim report to President Donald Trump on the scenic swath of southern Utah with redrock plateaus, cliffs and canyons on land considered sacred to tribes.

 

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Tue
13
Jun

Braves, Warriors, Chieftains: Oregon Takes on Tribal Mascots

BANKS, Ore. (AP) — This fall, the football team in the tiny Oregon logging town of Banks will once again take the field as the Braves. But this time, they have the approval of the tribe that originally inhabited the area.

It's one of many changes in the works this spring across Oregon prompted by the nation's long-running uproar over Native American sports mascots. School districts in the state with tribal mascots must do away with them by July 1 or risk punishment that could include the withholding of state funds.

 

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Tue
13
Jun

Shortage of Native American Doctors Raises Concern

PHOENIX (AP) - Dena Wilson never doubted what she wanted to do with her life while growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Her mother worked at the Indian Health Service as a social worker, and aside from a brief desire to be a bird in kindergarten, Wilson knew she wanted to become a doctor.

 

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Tue
18
Apr

Morgan Sawyer (left) and Joshua Toews (right)

The engagement of Morgan Sawyer, daughter of the late Charlotte Sawyer and Bart Sawyer of Watonga, OK., to Joshua Toews, son of Gaye Toews and the late Darryl Toews of Enid, OK., is announced by the bride's family.

The bride-elect is a 2011 Watonga High School graduate and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Southern Nazarene University in 2015. She is currently employed at Enable Midstream Partners. Morgan’s grandparents are the late James and Doris Sawyer of Watonga OK, Avis Hunter of Albuquerque, NM and John Hunter of Kingfisher OK.

 

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Tue
18
Apr

Dawson Mark Shiplet

Dawson Mark Shiplet was born March 31, 2017 in Oklahoma City. He was six pounds, 13 ounces and 18 and 1/4 inches long. His father is Kris Shiplet, youth minister at Watonga Christian Church. His mother is Amber Shiplet, secretary at Watonga Elementary School.

 

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Wed
21
Dec

Perry Would Bring Oil Industry Ties to Energy Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Energy secretary, has close ties to the Texas oil industry and has corporate roles in two petroleum companies pushing to get government approval for the proposed 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline that has stoked mass protests in North Dakota. Perry's current roles as board director at Energy Transfer Partners LP and also at Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, which jointly developed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project, is a strong indicator of the pro-oil industry sentiment that will likely take root at the Energy Department under his oversight. Perry is close to Texas energy industry executives, and his political campaigns, including two aborted presidential campaigns, benefited substantially from their donations.
 
Wed
02
Nov

Chickasaw to Reestablish Tourism Destination at Lake

OKLAHOMA CITY - The state of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation today announced plans to develop a resort hotel and other amenities at Lake Texoma in southeastern Oklahoma. The initial plans call for the Chickasaw Nation to construct a three-story hotel, a restaurant and gift shop, a casino featuring up to 300 electronic games and as many as 10 lakefront fishing/ boating cottages, Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby said. The project covers 50 acres of lakefront property, overlooking Lake Texoma and the historic Roosevelt Bridge. It also involves about 11.5 acres of land acquired by the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) from the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.
 
Wed
02
Nov

New Standoff in Pipeline Protest Ebbs Without Violence

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A standoff between Dakota Access pipeline opponents and law enforcement over a highway roadblock diminished Friday without incident, a marked contrast to the forced removal a day earlier of protesters occupying private property. As many as 50 protesters gathered early in the day behind heavy plywood sheets and burned-out vehicles, facing a line of concrete barriers, military vehicles and police in riot gear. But only a handful of people, some of them observers from Amnesty International, remained on the bridge by late afternoon after protest representatives told people to return to the main encampment.
 
Wed
26
Oct

Feds to Launch Expanded Review of Drilling in Chaco

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is planning an expanded review of public lands management in northwestern New Mexico to address concerns about oil and gas development surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Chaco includes the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years.

 

Wed
26
Oct

Cherokee Nation Donates to North Dakota Pipeline Fight

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has donated $10,000 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota to support its fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Cherokees say they presented a check last week in addition to providing three truckloads of firewood for those camping out to protest construction of the pipeline.

 

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