Opinion

For the Children

For the Children

Every year, April is “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” and it is especially important that – as the month ends – we keep child abuse prevention at top of mind now and throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Senate review

Senate review

Governor Stitt shared a few updates this past week that should give us all some hope in the midst of this pandemic. New modeling shows the peak demand for COVID-19 hospitalizations will occur around April 30, and these estimations are much lower than the original models. Our hospitals will have more than enough beds to care for all of the COVID-19 patients in the state. This data shows the steps we have taken to mitigate the spread of the virus, like social distancing, are working. Please continue to follow Centers for Disease Control health and safety recommendations—now is not the time to take our foot off the gas. We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it will take all of us to get there together.

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For the Children

For the Children

I wish there was more good news to report for what our state is facing, but it is important for you to know what Oklahoma has ahead. The anticipation is that the high point of COVID-19 will hit our state this week, Oklahoma hospitals will need 800 beds for COVID-19 patients, along with 200 ICU beds, and 192 ventilators, according to news reports.

Notes from the Chief

Notes from the Chief

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy in many of our communities in northeast Oklahoma. But right now, many of our Cherokee-owned businesses are struggling to stay afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. From restaurants to small retail venues to service-driven businesses, we know the coronavirus is affecting every aspect of the local economy.

Decision-Making

Decision-Making

Yogi Berra famously quipped, “When you come to a fork in the road…take it!” It certainly is appropriate to smile and perhaps laugh in most situations. However, when it come to making major decisions in life, simply declaring, “Eeny Meeny Miney Mo!” will lead to significant errors. There has to be a better way. For the follower of Christ, the Bible and the Holy Spirit play significant roles.

Senate Review

Senate Review

The legislature met at the Capitol on Monday while following strict health protocols to approve Governor Stitt’s health emergency, which gives him additional powers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic using the Catastrophic Emergency Powers Act. He now has the authority to temporarily suspend some rules and regulations to better respond to the virus.

For the Children

For the Children

While the pandemic has the entire world adjusting to a “new normal” for the time being, some things continue to function without hesitation. One of those was the filing period for elective offices in Oklahoma which happened last week.

Dear Oologah-Talala Families and Community Members:

This week marks the beginning of a new and unexpected experience for Oklahoma students, teachers and school staff. Although we did not anticipate ending the year this way, I am proud of the distance- learning plan our School District has developed to allow students to learn from home. We know this change is difficult, and there is sadness about missing or delaying special events and activities. During this time, students and their families can count on our administrators, teachers and staff to support them, both academically and emotionally.

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