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The Cherokee Casino Grove will host a Fishing League Worldwide event on March 28-31 at Grand Lake.
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Encore! Performing Society Ballet Dancers pose with audience members before their production of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 8, at the Wagoner High School Performing Arts Center. Sydney Terrie (Snow Queen), left, Lacy Ullrich (ballerina doll), Clistia Geary (Mouse Queen), Reece Cowart, (Masha) and Natalie Walker (Sugar Plum Fairy). ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
WAGONER – The Encore! Performing Society entertained audience members with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 8 at the Wagoner High School Performing Arts Center.

Encore’s Chairwoman Elena Gladkova Huffman spoke on the organization’s origin.
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From left to right are Keep Oklahoma Beautiful President Shanon Phillips, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Executive Director Jeanette Nance, Cherokee Nation Secretary of Natural Resources Sara Hill and Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague. Hill received the Towering Spirit Award on Nov. 30 in Edmond. COURTESY
Sara Hill has led efforts resulting in 10,000 tons of nuclear waste recently being removed from the former Sequoyah Fuels Corp.
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WATTS – The historic Howard Hotel will host its annual Christmas open house on Dec. 15-16 at 102 First St.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 16.

At 106 years, the hotel is the oldest building in town with three floors decorated for Christmas. All ages are welcome and cookies will be served.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is asking new questions in a case that will decide whether an Oklahoma-based Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma.

The court on Dec. 4 asked attorneys for both the U.S. and Muscogee (Creek) Nation to file written answers to questions in the case that involves a Native American man sentenced to death for murder in state court.

The justices specifically asked whether any statute grants the state jurisdiction over crimes committed by Indians on Indian land, and whether land can qualify as an Indian reservation in certain cases.

The order could mean that the nine-member court is divided on the case and that the justices are looking for a way to reach a decision. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch is not taking part.
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PRAGUE, Oklahoma (AP) — Three oil companies have reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit over damaging earthquakes in central Oklahoma.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Tim Houseberg looks at his attorney, Deborah Reed, during a Dec. 7 hearing at the Election Commission Office in Tahlequah. Houseberg and CN citizen Robin Mayes each challenged the candidacy of Canaan Duncan for the Dist. 7 Tribal Council seat. BRANDON SCOTT/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Election Commission says it can’t find a constitutional provision or legislative act that prevents a Cherokee Nation employee from campaigning other than needing to resign before filing for office.
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Homes sit damaged in Cherokee and Adair counties on Nov. 30 after an EF-2 tornado swept through Sequoyah, Cherokee, Adair and Delaware counties. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation employees and volunteers work to clear downed trees after an EF-2 tornado swept through Sequoyah, Cherokee, Adair and Delaware counties on Nov. 30. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation Emergency Management Team staff and the American Red Cross visit areas damaged by a Nov. 30 tornado to assess damage to CN citizens’ homes. COURTESY
Volunteers and Cherokee Nation staff assist people in the Welling, Caney and Wauhillau area affected by a Nov. 30 tornado.
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The family-friendly event features special activities for children, including pictures with Santa, Christmas stories, lights and a parade.
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Election Commission officials will hear challenges to Canaan Duncan’s candidacy at 9 a.m. on Dec. 7 in the EC Office.
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The family-friendly event features special activities for children, including pictures with Santa, Christmas stories, lights and a parade.
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