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QUAPAW – Downstream Casino Resort is making its semi-annual Food Bank donations this week, distributing 20 tons of canned food to eight food banks and food pantries in five counties around the region. 
  
“We are in our 10th year now of fighting hunger in our region and trying to raise awareness of the problem and lead by example to urge everyone to do what they can to help," said Downstream Chairman John Berrey.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual "Food Insecurity" study shows the Tri-State Region of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas losing the battle against hunger. About 17 percent of the region's households experience food insecurity, and about 6 percent of households have "very low food security." those numbers are up over previous years, and that puts the region near the top of the nation's list of food-insecure regions. Source: https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-security-in-the-united-states.aspx
 
This week the casino is delivering about 40,000 canned vegetables to food banks and pantries in Ottawa County, Okla., Cherokee and Crawford counties, Kan., Jasper County, Mo., and Benton and Washington counties, Ark.
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TAHLEQUAH - Emily Barrett, a Northeastern State University freshman, has been offered a prestigious internship at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. 
                               
Barrett, a business management major from Springdale, Arkansas, will intern in the Executive Planning Office of the NMAI. During her internship she’ll be working to develop and improve various projects throughout the museum. 
 
“I’m most looking forward to learning more about my culture, Cherokee descent, while I learn about what I am passionate about—which is business,” Barrett said.

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Three-in-four parents have never talked to their children about domestic or dating violence.

OKLAHOMA CITY – February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.

About 1-in-10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically, sexually, emotionally or verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

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Project will bring in $30M in annual revenue and create 200 permanent jobs

OKLAHOMA CITY – At a signing ceremony today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke approved the Shawnee Tribe’s application to put 102.98 acres of land in Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma, into federal Indian trust status for gaming. The Shawnee Tribe proposes to develop a 42,309-square foot gaming facility on the site comprised of a 20,206-square foot gaming floor, a restaurant, retail space, and office spaces for the Shawnee Tribe Gaming Commission. When completed, the project is expected to generate a $30 million annual impact for the local economy, including creating 200 permanent jobs. The federally recognized tribe, landless for well over 160 years, is headquartered in Miami, Okla., and has approximately 2,500 members.

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