Usually, we become so immersed in the flow of history as it has developed, we forget to consider what might have been if certain events had taken a different turn. 

OKLAHOMA CITY —A growing number of lawmakers think it’s time for a change, but they remain divided on whether Oklahomans should be able to have an extra hour of shuteye or a later sunset.

Columbus Day has officially been changed to Indigenous Peoples' Day in Stilwell, along with many other cities. And it is now a federal holiday, since 2021, when the first national Indigenous Peoples' Day was celebrated in the U.S.

Stilwell is environmentally healthy and the city has official state reports and documents to prove it. 

The cornerstone of our democracy is the right to vote. However, for most of our country’s history, Native Americans were denied that right. The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 finally granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S., but even after that law, states could restrict …

Religion. Being good enough for God to accept us. Many do turn to religion, trying to always behave and say the perfect things, so that hopefully, their holy God will be obliged to help them handle the fears and horrible problems in life. But down deep, each of us know ourselves well enough …

Different people have different favorite seasons, but mine has always been autumn. One of the most beautiful times of the year is the season where leaves lose their shades of green and change to the reds, oranges, and yellows of fall. We often take trips just to view the glory of the change.

To grow the economy across the Cherokee Nation Reservation, we must be forward thinking, collaborative and willing to work across borders. As the largest tribe in the United States, we have unique opportunities to grow prosperity for our citizens. We also need the support of our neighbors, b…

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War: What are we fighting for? Freedom – from tyranny, from communism, from anyone anti-American. Those have always been the pat answers. Soldiers protect our freedoms.

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Babylon had its gods and Media, Persia, Greece and Rome.  Conquerors manufacture their religions and subjects assign the cruel power of the dictators to man-made gods that can’t speak, can’t hear, have to be carried and, most importantly, can’t bless or punish. Many dictators claim deity and…

A recent story about a prison ministry in the Stilwell Democrat Journal and Westville Reporter shares how a young woman, once addicted to methamphetamine, has recovered, served time, and now gives back by encouraging and praying with inmates. She does that through a group called Reckless Sai…

You have seen it, surely. The tomboy mom who somehow gave birth to a princess daughter who despises the dirty outdoors, but loves makeup, and high fashion. Leaving the mother to wonder if two babies got swapped in the hospital. Confusing stuff sometimes.

So I am curious as to why people think that a vaccine contains a microchip and that COVID was either “invented” as a way to microchip people or that the powers that be (I’m not 100% sure who they are supposed to be these days since conspiracy theories have changed many times in my lifetime) …

Recently I was contacted about someone hanging food bait out near a wildlife management area, and could it be for a Bigfoot.  Someone had taken red twine and thrown it over a tree limb and tied three open cans of sardines about five to six feet high up alongside the road.  Now mind you, I ne…

 The Obama Administration left behind a crippling web of job-killing regulations that expanded the size and scope of the federal government in every capacity. I ran for Congress because I watched these regulations crush and eventually end my business, and I wanted to fight for Oklahomans who…

Ever notice when driving through another community, it looks well-kept – signs current and painted, trash picked up, landscaping trim, businesses painted and tidy store fronts, welcome signs at entrances to town? The visual message is, people who live here care.

Yesterday we laid to rest one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to know. Billy Dean Hamblin made his last visit to the Westville Methodist Church surrounded by an amazing and beautiful array of flowers and a church full of friends and family. He was as honest as the day is long,…

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As a researcher, I am exposed to hundreds of pictures and videos yearly, and following the guidelines spelled out by the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center (MABRC), I evaluate all this accordingly.  Back in 2009, a local landowner caught something on a trail camera that was pointing towards…

It was a cool week, but we had a good soaking rain and now the sun is shining. Gardens should be sprouting, and it is finally time to plant flowers.  I will try to get that accomplished this week.

Last weekend, with these beautiful rainy spring days, I decided to go hiking. Besides autumn, nothing makes for better pictures than the fresh, newly sprung spring, cool temperatures and an array of mountain flowers dancing in the breeze.

I keep hearing about how a few bad cops give all cops a bad name. Well, there is some truth to that, but I’ve been watching some of the body cam videos, and I will say that most of the ‘bad cops’ have good cops with them, people are visibly very uncomfortable with how a suspect is being trea…

From our original homeland in eastern North America, Cherokees have moved all over the world. Wherever we go, our Cherokee identity goes with us. A new virtual event series aims to strengthen those bonds. The series, called “Cherokee: Wherever We Are,” will bring Cherokees together from arou…

Ever been caught in a situation where your say-so doesn’t carry enough weight to make a difference? When you totally disagree with the decision, but there isn’t much you can do to change what’s coming?  I can hear the resounding ‘Oh Yeah!’ from every reader.

One of the things that most people don’t realize is that a Bigfoot researcher usually wears multiple hats. Myself, I’m a researcher, archivist, and investigator.  Today I would like to talk about my being an archivist.  There are many websites out there on the internet that exist until the o…

 “Due to continuous problems I have been having with the pool tables not being taken care of I will be removing the pool tables and air hockey game in the next couple weeks. I will still have games in the Laundry Mat but the other side will be closing soon. Thank you to everyone that has sup…

After many years of neglecting his family, a hard-working successful salesman finally took his wife on a date. Unfortunately, very conscious of the time he was ‘wasting’, he frequently checked his watch. Fed up with his inattentiveness, she finally confronted him over dessert. His sheepishly…

The weeping woman looked into the tomb. Jesus’ body wasn’t there but two angels sat at either end of the place where the crucified Savior had lain. “And they say unto her, woman, why weepest thou” John 20:13.  Mary was looking for her Lord who had delivered her from satan and whom she follow…

Today after church we hurried home and found out Riggs’ team had won their first baseball game for today, so would play again at 1 p.m. and then again at 4 p.m. if they won the second game.  

It shouldn’t hurt to be a child or an adult, but the social isolation and frustration created by the pandemic have intensified and increased the number of domestic violence cases and child abuse reports.

 All night long, a steady, cool, caressing breeze flowed into my bedroom window.

We need more local news, we can keep up with politics on tv. I grew up in this town and all the good things about it have diminished over the years. We have no skating rink, no movie theater, no bar and the cops pretty much rule this town. My family and friends were not fortunate enough to b…

Adair County Resource Center Food Pantry will be open on Thursday, April 15, from 8:30 am. to 11 a.m.. They were open last week April 8, 2021 and gave food to 39 families.

Easter has been a favorite holiday since I was old enough to wear pretty dresses with crinoline or netting for petticoats. Little girls looked adorable back then, as they do now, but today's synthetics are much softer and far less scratchy.

In Luke 6:38 Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” This is often applied to our church contribution, but it goes well beyo…

 So I saw a social media post where someone was bragging about living through COVID without it impeding their lifestyle (at all), and commenting that the people who adhered to the guidelines “have just lost a year of your life for no reason, and you won’t get it back.” 

Birthday cards can be fun, silly and pretty ways to show love to friends and family on their annual celebrations of life. This year, I pondered just what the messages really mean. Some are funny, but even the funny ones can be eye-opening.