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MUSKOGEE - The Eastern Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Health Care System will honor Vietnam veterans at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee and Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic in Tulsa on March 29, which is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

VA leadership will present Vietnam War Commemoration lapel pins to all veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The presentation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main entrance at both VA medical sites. Refreshments will also be served.

The Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System is an official commemorative partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

For more information, contact Nita McClellan, public affairs officer at 918-577-3704.
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2019 General Election
Thirty-two of the original 36 filers move forward for the June 1 general election.
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Election officials approve voting locations within the 15 jurisdictional districts.
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Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Bryan Warner report the most donated money and most number of maximum contributions.
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Biologist Jim Whitehead mans a table filled with castings of alleged Bigfoot impressions on March 9 at the annual Oklahoma Bigfoot Symposium in Adair County. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The entrance to CC Camp near Stilwell, seen March 9, features a Bigfoot silhouette. The camp held the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center’s annual state gathering. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Bigfoot-inspired metal artwork is displayed March 9 at the annual Oklahoma Bigfoot Symposium in Adair County. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
D.W. Lee, a Cherokee Nation citizen and executive director of the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center, is seen at the annual Oklahoma Bigfoot Symposium on March 9 at CC Camp in Adair County. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Adair County provides the perfect Bigfoot habitat, researchers say.
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Marcus Fears, Cherokee Nation Election Commission administrator, holds up a candidate name for the principal chief’s race on March 18 during a ballot order drawing in Tahlequah. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Principal chief candidate Chuck Hoskin Jr. and his deputy chief running mate, Bryan Warner, take the top spots in those races.
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Recognition of groups claiming Native status can have far-reaching consequences.
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In this 2017 photo, Susie Gelbart walks near petroglyphs at the Gold Butte National Monument near Bunkerville, Nevada. As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Ryan Zinke remain unfinished, seemingly stuck on the backburner as other matters consume the White House. Zinke recommended cuts to the boundaries of Gold Butte National Monument to free up a water district that he thought shouldn’t have been included in the boundaries. JOHN LOCHER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The 2017 national monument review had a predetermined outcome and didn’t take into account tribal interests despite some of the lands being sacred to them, tribal leaders say.
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TULSA — The U.S. Department of Defense announced Feb. 26 that Cherokee Nation Technologies, headquartered in Tulsa, won a $39.5 million contract to advise and assist the U.S. Air Force on issues related to base realignment and closure programs.

A total of $9.5 million is obligated for fiscal year 2019. The work, which will be performed at several locations in the United States, is expected to be complete by April 6, 2023.
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News outlets report the Franklin town council voted this month to move forward with plans to deed control of the Nikwasi Mound to the nonprofit Nikwasi Initiative.
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Buel Anglen
Tribal Councilor Buel Anglen will not be allowed to run for his Dist. 13 seat in the June 1 general election.
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