A Navajo Speaker Says The Language Connects Her With Her Culture

Should the president of the Navajo Nation be required to speak fluent Navajo?The Navajo Nation held a referendum on that question this week, and the majority voted no.The vote was victory for supporters of a Navajo presidential candidate who was disqualified last fall because he didn't speak the language fluently. The next Navajo Nation election is in 2018.Advocates say loosening the language requirement will enable the younger candidates, who are less likely to speak the language, to run for...
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The Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association is considering boycotting a slew of Oklahoma’s high-stakes tests, as educators continue to push back against such testing.

State PTA President Jeffery Corbett said on Wednesday that the organization will consider a resolution this Friday boycotting all non-federally mandated tests.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state Capitol.
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One week after suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its Clean Power Plan, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is filing another lawsuit against the EPA.

Wednesday’s lawsuit is over the recently finalized Waters of the United States rule, an attempt to clarify what bodies of water qualify for federal protection.

Oklahoma Conservation Commission Watershed Technitian Dennis Boney inspects damage to Wildhorse 80's spillway in Garvin County.
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More than 2,000 dams in Oklahoma have protected lives and property from flooding for decades. But age is catching up with them, and many need repairs. And this spring’s record rainfall is putting dams under even more pressure.

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her State of the State address to the Tulsa Regional Chamber on July 8, 2015.
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Gov. Mary Fallin reiterated her belief Wednesday the Oklahoma Supreme Court made the wrong decision last month when it ruled the Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds violates Oklahoma's constitution.

Fallin delivered her State of the State address to the Tulsa Regional Chamber Wednesday, and told business leaders she wants to see lawmakers introduce an amendment to fix "ambiguity" in Oklahoma's constitution.

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller
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Oklahoma's treasurer says low oil and natural gas prices helped push last month's state revenue below levels from a year earlier. 

Treasurer Ken Miller said Wednesday the state's gross receipts in June were less than collections from the prior year for the second consecutive month and the fourth time in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Eugene Glossip
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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set execution dates Wednesday for three inmates involved in the legal challenge regarding the state’s lethal injection protocol. 

The court ordered dates for Richard Eugene Glossip, Benjamin Robert Cole and John Marion Grant. Glossip will be executed Sept. 16, and the other two inmates have dates set on Oct. 7 and Oct. 28, respectively.

A federal court has ruled against Washington, D.C.'s, professional football team in a legal battle with Native Americans over the team's name.

United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should cancel the team's trademark of the Redskins name because the name "may disparage" Native Americans.

Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson in 2014.
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Former U.S. Rep. Brad Carson has been formally nominated for the position of Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Carson has been serving in that role as the acting under secretary since April. He previously worked as Under Secretary of the Army, which is the branch's second-highest civilian position, and before that as the Army's general counsel.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister speaks during Tuesday's town hall meeting on new academic standards in Oklahoma City.
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The Oklahoma State Department of Education held a town hall meeting Tuesday night—and invited the public to comment on the newly proposed state academic standards.

Educators are crafting this new academic framework to replace the Common Core standards that Gov. Mary Fallin repealed last year. They gave short presentations—then opened the floor up for questions and comments.

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The controversial Ten Commandments monument will stay on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol during the legal process challenging whether or not it’s constitutional.

Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday she supports Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s petition requesting a rehearing before the Oklahoma Supreme Court in the case. Fallin called the high court’s decision last month to remove the monument “deeply disturbing.”

“The Ten Commandments monument was built to recognize and honor the historical significance of the Commandments in our state’s and nation’s systems of laws,” Fallin said in a statement. “The monument was built and maintained with private dollars. It is virtually identical to a monument on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol which the United States Supreme Court ruled to be permissible.”

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