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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, board member Cherokee Ballard recently received The Journal Record “50 Making a Difference” 2018 Women of the Year honor.

Ballard is one of the first American Indians to be named a television news anchor and a member of the Native American Journalist Society. Her honors include being named the Cherokee Nation Medal of Honor winner in 2002 and as a contemporary Oklahoma Cherokee in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

Ballard has achieved numerous awards through her reporting with KFOR, KAUT, and KOCO, including a regional Emmy and her investigation into high-profile child abuse deaths.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Democrat Ashley McCray, Absentee Shawnee, won Oklahoma’s primary runoff for Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner on Tuesday adding her name to the list of a record number of Native Women who are running for office this mid-term election.

“I am so proud that come November, a Shawnee is going to be on every Oklahoman's ballot. Congratulations Ashley from all of Indian country, but especially us Shawnee people,” said Ben Barnes second Chief of the Shawnee Tribe.

McCray, an environmental activist, defeated Blake Cummings with 65.1 percent of the vote and will face Republican nominee Bob Anthony in the Nov. 6 general election.
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HEAVENER – Choctaw Nation Housing Authority presented keys to nine families Thursday, August 16 in Heavener as part of its lease-purchase (LEAP) program.

Families proudly posed for photos in front of their new homes before the ribbon cutting ceremony began that morning.

A crowd gathered as the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was opened in prayer by Tribal Council Jennifer Woods. Local and tribal officials were joined by family and friends of the new home owners to help celebrate the home openings.

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Chickasaw Nation Election Secretary Rita Loder announced results of the July 31, 2018 general election.

Pickens District Seat 1 incumbent legislator David Woerz of Ardmore received 1,467 votes to defeat challenger Michael T. Watson of Ardmore, who received 727 votes.

Pickens District Seat 4 will be filled by incumbent legislator Shana Tate Hammond of Ardmore, who received 1,781 votes to defeat Robert “Robby” Rogers of Ardmore, who received 412 votes.

Pontotoc District Seat 1 will be filled by Toby Perkins of Ada, as he was unchallenged for the seat.

Pontotoc District Seat 2 will be filled by Nancy Elliott of Ada, as she was unchallenged for the seat.

Tishomingo District Seat 1 will be filled by Scott Wood of Tishomingo, as he was unchallenged for the seat.

Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Linda English Weeks of Newcastle was unchallenged and will retain Seat 2 on the court.

Elected officials will take the oath of office Monday, Oct. 1.

For more information, contact Ms. Loder at (580) 310-6475 or 888-661-0137.

Legislature:
Pickens District
Seat 1 - David Woerz of Ardmore - Incumbent – 1,467 votes – winner
Seat 1 - Michael T. Watson of Ardmore – 727 votes

Pickens District
Seat 4 - Shana Tate Hammond of Ardmore – Incumbent 1,781 votes - winner
Seat 4 – Robert “Robby” Rogers of Ardmore – 412 votes               

Pontotoc District

Seat 1 - Toby Perkins of Ada – no challenger - reelected
Seat 2 - Nancy Elliott of Ada – no challenger – reelected

Tishomingo District

Seat 1 - Scott Wood of Tishomingo – no challenger - reelected

Supreme Court:

Seat 2  - Linda English Weeks of Newcastle - incumbent – no challenger - reelected

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