Federal ruling hands authority over land to Keetoowah tribe
DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court has determined that land owned by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma can be placed in federal trust, giving the tribe authority over...
Cherokee Nation’s council OKs pick for US House delegate
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Tribal Council of the Cherokee Nation has unanimously approved the newly elected chief's selection to be the tribe's first-ever delegate to the U.S. House of...
Body of drowning victim recovered from Illinois River
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Oklahoma say the body of an apparent drowning victim has been recovered from the Illinois River.
Apparent drowning victim recovered in northeastern Oklahoma
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Oklahoma say they've recovered the body of an apparent drowning victim in the Illinois River.
Cherokee Nation employees will get pay raise this year
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Nearly 1,800 Cherokee Nation employees will get a pay raise this year and the minimum wage will increase to $11 for tribal employees, a tribal official...
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Unofficial election results show that the Cherokee Nation's former secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr., has been elected to be the principal chief of the nation's biggest...
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — One of the last members of the Cherokee Nation who spoke and understood only the Cherokee language has died at 88.
Mack Vann's nephew, Gary Vann, says his uncle died...
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Mack Vann, among the last members of the Cherokee Nation who spoke and understand the Cherokee language and only the Cherokee language, has died at the age of...
Oklahoma open house event remains popular
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Hunter's Home may have hosted its annual Christmas Open House under a new name, but there was no confusion, as indicated by the event's popularity during its three-hour run.
The stately antebellum home of the George Murrell family was adorned with holiday decor, and the scents of traditionally prepared foods and cider were in the air. Admission was free.
Open house at Hunter's Home went off without a hitch, despite scary forecasts of deep snow that did not materialize.
Former Democratic lawmaker from Tahlequah dies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic former state legislator who was a Vietnam veteran has died.
A family friend of former state Sen. Jim Wilson says Wilson died Sunday at his home in Tahlequah after a bout with cancer. Wilson was 71.
Friend and former state Sen. Kenneth Corn says Wilson had a reputation for defending the rights of the poor and vulnerable during his legislative career. Wilson served two terms in the state House before moving to the Senate, where he served from 2004 to 2012.
Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma State plan to open medical school
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University have announced intentions to start a medical school on tribal land in eastern Oklahoma in a move both entities say will be the first of its kind.
Writers’ project brought Okies into WPA spotlight
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs to promote and provide work for visual artists may be better known, but its Federal Writers' Project stimulated research and produced a body of literature that continues to illuminate the American experience.
Tribal official: Medical marijuana possession still illegal
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Cherokee Nation official says medical marijuana won't be legal on the Oklahoma-based tribe's property even though the state's voters approved use of the plant.
Oklahoma nonprofit offers ‘Community Care Chests’ to needy
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Area residents in need will soon have more opportunities to get staple items, as Sweetwater Foundation is making "Community Care Chests" available here.
The "chests" are actually repurposed newspaper racks, and they will be filled with items ranging from food to school supplies to diapers.
Oklahoma students learn Cherokee at immersion school
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — In a country where the majority of the population speaks English, one school in Tahlequah is immersing its students in their native tongue.
Students at the Cherokee Nation's Cherokee Immersion Charter School have started their journey to a bilingual education. From age 3 to the fourth grade, everything students learn is taught in Cherokee: math, science, history and more.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation officials in Oklahoma say more than 180 patients affected by a tribal hospital nurse improperly reusing syringes have been notified they can receive free blood tests and that no one has tested positive for HIV or hepatitis.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The president of the University of Central Oklahoma says he plans to retire next year.
Don Betz announced Friday he will step down as UCO's president on June 30, 2019. The 73-year-old Betz was named UCO's 20th president in June 2011.
The Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents will select Betz's successor. Betz says in a statement he is confident that the board will choose a president capable of leading the university.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Cherokee Nation hospital in Oklahoma is testing more than 180 patients for HIV and hepatitis after allegations that a nurse reused syringes to administer medications.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Recovering addict Judith Anderson figures if she hadn't entered a program that caught and treated the hepatitis C she contracted after years of intravenous drug use, she wouldn't be alive to convince others to get checked out.
The 74-year-old resident of Sallisaw, Oklahoma — about 160 miles (257 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City near the Arkansas border — said the potentially fatal liver disease sapped her of energy and "any desire to go anywhere or do anything."
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Across the country, private businesses and educational institutions are asserting their First Amendment privilege of faith when it comes to hiring employees and student admission. Some issues are gray areas, still awaiting a definitive ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on the fine line between freedom of religion and civil rights.
Tahlequah man charged with murder in 2007 slayings
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A 32-year-old Oklahoma state prison inmate has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a couple in their home more than a decade ago.
Court records show Justin James Walker of Tahlequah was charged Friday in the December 2007 shootings of 65-year-old Jack Denney and his wife, 66-year-old Elaine Denney.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A body discovered in a northeastern Oklahoma park has been identified as that of a missing 22-year-old man.
The Office of the State Medical Examiner said Thursday that the body was that of Lucas Niko Ashlock, who had been reported missing on Feb. 20.
Investigation launched after body found in Oklahoma park
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in northeastern Oklahoma near where a man was reported missing a week ago.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says the body was found Tuesday. Officials say the body was discovered in a creek bed in the area of Rocky Ford State Park near Tahlequah.
Cherokee Nation grows heritage with heirloom seeds
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The value of cultural heritage continues to outweigh the entrepreneurial potential of heirloom produce among tribal members, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.
First Oklahoma Cherokee immersion students to graduate
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Thirteen years ago, in an unguarded moment on her first day of kindergarten, Emilee Chavez spoke a single word of English. And a classmate immediately ran to tell the teacher.
"Hey," the teacher raised her voice harshly, "you can't use English here. Speak Cherokee, or don't say anything at all."
Cherokee Nation to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation next week will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official holiday for the first time, months after a federal court ruled that descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were owned by members of the nation have a right to tribal citizenship.
Fear of losing heritage drives Cherokee Nation opioid case
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation officials say fear of losing the tribe's heritage is driving a lawsuit alleging distributors and retailers of prescribed medications have contributed to opioid abuse within the tribe.
ACLU class lawsuit: Court-diversion rehab program exploits
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A class-action lawsuit filed against an Oklahoma drug rehabilitation program alleges participants were forced to perform thousands of hours of free labor for businesses and individuals in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The ACLU of Oklahoma filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of seven people. It alleges the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program "created a pipeline for forced labor" and human trafficking at its facilities in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and Decatur, Arkansas.
18-month-old killed when struck by vehicle in Oklahoma
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an 18-month-old boy was killed when he was struck by a vehicle in northeastern Oklahoma.
The OHP says the boy died Tuesday after being struck on a Cherokee County road near Tahlequah.
US congressman reschedules town hall in Oklahoma
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A U.S. representative has scheduled a town hall meeting in Oklahoma months after a last-minute cancellation of a similar meeting.
The Tulsa World reports the office of Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma announced this week that the rescheduled meeting will take place Friday in Tahlequah.
HHS Secretary Tom Price to visit Pawnee and Cherokee Nations
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma to meet with members of the Pawnee and Cherokee nations.
Secretary Tom Price began a three-day visit to Oklahoma Tuesday as part of the federal agency's integral relationship with tribal governments.
5 die when pickup truck crashes into Oklahoma creek
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says five people in a pickup truck were killed when they crashed into a creek in northeastern Oklahoma.
An OHP report says 18-year-old Donovan Caldwell of Muskogee; 18-year-old Jessica Swartwout of McAlester; 19-year-old Drake Wells of Thackerville; 18-year-old Rhianna Seely of Salina; and 18-year-old Lily Murphy of Gentry, Arkansas, all died at the scene of the crash near Tahlequah.
Tahlequah is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) east of Tulsa,
Cherokee Nation processing freedmen citizenship applications
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has started processing tribal citizen applications for the descendants of black slaves once owned by tribal members.
A federal court in Washington, D.C., ended a longstanding fight last week by ruling that descendants of the slaves, known as freedmen, have the right to tribal citizenship. About 3,000 applications had been on hold amid the legal dispute.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer has been charged with manslaughter for the death of her husband, a deputy sheriff, in an auto accident.
Online court records show 24-year-old Cassandra Cookson of Tahlequah was charged Tuesday in Cherokee County with misdemeanor negligent homicide for the death of 23-year-old Sean Cookson.
Cassandra Cookson is a police officer in Adair while Sean Cookson was a Craig County deputy.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A teenage boy excitedly plopped a box of horse-grooming tools in the grass and announced, "Here's the stuff we need to take care of their hooves," before dropping to his knees and holding out a carrot for Kiss-Me Katie, one of three miniature horses donated to the Cherokee Nation.
A woman from Missouri donated three miniature horses for equine therapy for children in the Indian Child Welfare system and teens at the Jack Brown Adolescent Treatment Center in Tahlequah.
Bikers reflect on their heritage during annual Remember the Removal Ride
While Sunday, June 4 was a lazy, rainy day for many in Gordon County, a total of 21 bicyclists from the Cherokee Nation braved the weather, riding out of the capital of the old nation, New Echota, on a journey of more than 900 miles to Tahlequah Oklahoma, present capitol of the Cherokee.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — State officials are urging caution when Oklahomans visit waterways in eastern Oklahoma during the Memorial Day holiday.
The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission says recent heavy rainfall in the region has swelled river levels in the region. The agency says fallen trees and debris have accumulated along the Illinois River following flooding on April 30th, posing navigational hazards to boaters and swimmers.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — He has been off the air for 50 years, and deceased since 1970, but Mister Ed still has a faithful following.
TV's most famous talking horse didn't do autographs, but plenty of memorabilia immortalizes Mister Ed and the show that ran during 1961-66. Plenty of fans make the trip to Tahlequah to see a big memento: Mister Ed's grave marker.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A study estimates that the Cherokee Nation has a direct economic impact on the Oklahoma economy that's greater than $2 billion.
Economist Russell Evans conducted the study, which was commissioned by the tribe.
It found that direct or indirect employment by the Tahlequah-based tribe totals nearly 18,000 jobs in northeast Oklahoma alone. Those positions are estimated to support $785 million in salary and benefits.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings and advisories following heavy rainfall across northeastern Oklahoma.
Forecasters in Tulsa issued flood warnings for the Illinois River near Tahlequah, Chewey and Watts. The river was forecast to rise above flood stage at each location and minor flooding is expected through Monday.
Ruth J. Zafft, age 85, of Canton, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel.
Ruth was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Tahlequah, Okla., to John and Fannie Newton. She attended Tahlequah schools. On Nov. 28, 1949, she married Earl Zafft in Tracy, Minn. They lived in many states and in September 1969, settled on a farm near Canton where they raised crops and had a small dairy herd. Ruth moved into Canton in 1987. Earl passed away in 2007.
Oklahoma GOP congressman scraps town hall, citing safety
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma congressman canceled one of several planned town hall meetings in his district, citing safety concerns as his reason for not meeting with voters, who have been venting at Republican officials at such events in recent months.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life without parole sentence of a man convicted of killing a Northeastern State University chemistry professor.
The court on Tuesday rejected a dozen appeals from 37-year-old Joshua John Schneider, including lack of evidence, improper evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel.
Hayes, Keys lead Sequoyah Tahlequah to 3A girls title
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cenia Hayes scored 15 points and Alexys Keys added 14 to help Sequoyah Tahlequah defeat Comanche 67-40 for the Class 3A girls state title Saturday at State Fair Arena.
Sequoyah (27-3) had last won it all in 2015.
Sequoyah outscored Comanche 19-1 in the second quarter to take a 34-14 lead at halftime. After scoring with 1:12 remaining in the first quarter, Comanche went more than 13 minutes without a field goal.
Long-lost brothers reunite after 51 years in Tahlequah
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — When Ron Akins pulled in to the Rodeway Inn on Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah on Feb. 11, all he knew was that he would meet his long-lost brother of 51 years — not that that brother would be waiting for him just inside the hotel.
Investigators: Shooting victim saved by plate in neck
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Investigators say a metal plate in an Oklahoma man's neck saved him from paralysis or worse when he was shot.
Ex-Tahlequah Chamber director sentenced for embezzlement
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The former executive director of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for embezzling from the chamber.
Federal prosecutors said Friday that 49-year-old David Glenn Moore Jr. of Catoosa was sentenced to 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of wire fraud, money laundering and failing to pay payroll taxes as part of a plea agreement.
Oklahoma officers ruled justified in fatal shooting of man
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor says three Tahlequah police officers involved in the shooting death of a hammer-wielding man in August were justified in using deadly force.
Cherokee County First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp says in a letter obtained by the Tahlequah Daily Press on Wednesday that Lt. Brandon Vick and Officers Josh Girdner and Chase Reed acted "in accordance" with state law when they shot 49-year-old Dominic Rollice.
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.