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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more than 100 children are buried there.

The Oklahoma-based Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes is made up of five tribes that jointly own what's left of the former Chilocco Indian Agricultural School outside Newkirk where the testing would be conducted. The Chilocco school, which operated from the late 1800s until 1980, was one of several federally run boarding schools where the U.S. once sought to assimilate Native American children. The tribes say the federal agency is failing to protect a site with religious and cultural significance.

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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.

Opioid use is so prevalent among members of the Oklahoma-based tribe that 70 percent of Cherokee foster children in Oklahoma have been placed in the homes of non-Indians, The New York Times reported Sunday.

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TAHLEQUAH – Northeastern State University’s Center for Tribal Studies has been awarded the Emergency Fund Grant from Partnership with Native Americans and the American Indian Education Fund. The grant is designed to assist students with a one-time emergency.

The funds awarded through this grant are not intended for tuition, fees or campus housing. They are allocated for emergency needs that can affect a student’s ability to be successful in his or her academic endeavors. Emergency needs include transportation related expenses, unexpected utility bill increases, loss in family income due to illness or death and expenses related to dependent care and/or food shortages.

Grant awards range from $20 to $400 and all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at Northeastern State University, have proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe and be willing to complete the required three hours of volunteer service within 30 days of receiving the award.

More information about the “Emergency Fund Grant” and the application for the grant can be found at https://offices.nsuok.edu/centerfortribalstudies/Forms.aspx.

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HOMINY – Raen Holding, a Junior at Hominy High School of Hominy was a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA from June 25, 2017, to June 27, 2017.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. the purpose of this event is to honor, inspire motivate and direct the top student in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goal.
 
Raen Holding was nominated by Dr. Robert Darling, the Medical Director fo the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Hominy based on her academic achievement, leadership, potential, and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine. 

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