Residency dispute brewing in Cherokee Election

Julia Coates, candidate for Deputy Chief, Cherokee Nation

Julia Coates, candidate for Deputy Chief

A challenge to the candidacy of Julia Coates for the office of Deputy Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation has been filed and heard by the Cherokee Nation Election Commission. They ruled against Coates, but from the transcript released yesterday it is clear the Commission cared little for Cherokee Law.

Undisputed are the facts that Julia Coates currently works as a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) teaching Native American Studies. She was born in Pryor, Oklahoma and first worked for the Cherokee Nation in 2000 teaching the forty-hour Cherokee history course to over 7,000 students. She helped organize twenty-two “At Large” Cherokee communities and, in 2007, Coates was elected to the Tribal Council by a 75 percent margin to the office she still holds.

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Overstock.com’s fight for patent litigation reform

OverstockTulsaThe general counsel for Overstock.com, Inc. testified today in Washington, D.C. at a hearing titled Patent Reform: Protecting American Innovators and Job Creators from Abusive Patent Litigation. Congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, invited Mark Griffin, senior vice president and general counsel of Overstock.com, to make a statement before the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, today.

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Gov. Mary Fallin declares State of Emergency

TornadoOKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today declared a state of emergency for 25 counties including Tulsa County due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding on Wednesday.

The list of counties included in the governor’s declaration are: Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Creek, Garvin, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, Love, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington and Washita.

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Senators Lankford, Heitkamp unveil new initiative

GovRegulationsWASHINGTON, D.C. – At a press conference this morning, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) will unveil the #CutRedTape Initiative, a new way for families and businesses to communicate with the Senate about how federal regulations impact them.

As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, Lankford and Heitkamp will use this initiative to hear firsthand from families, businesses owners, and workers about the daily impact of federal regulations, and help determine what can be done to make them more effective and efficient.

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Clinton family facing RICO racketeering case

HillaryClintonBillA former Department of Justice prosecutor, now heading a public-interest watchdog group, filed a RICO-related civil lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and their lucrative family foundation. The lawsuit filed on March 24 before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleges that the Clintons and their foundation committed criminal violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

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