Tahlequah, OK – Okla. tribe appeals freedmen decision
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Cherokee Nation has appealed a decision voiding a constitutional amendment denying citizenship to non-Native American descendants of tribal members' former black slaves.
The tribe announced Tuesday that it would ask the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court to consider a Jan. 14 tribal district court ruling. That decision nullified a voter-approved amendment in 2007 requiring tribal citizens to have a Native American ancestor listed on the Dawes Roll.
Tulsa, OK – The jobless rate in Oklahoma takes a small dip last month. Figures released today show the rate now at six-point-eight percent. That is down from six-point-nine-percent. It is the first drop in the jobless rate in three months.
Oklahoma City, OK – Three people are dead and over 200 hospitalized. That is the stats for this year's flu season in Oklahoma, thus far. Susan Mendes with the State Health Department tells the OETA that it is important to get a flu shot, even if you have already had the flu.
It appears more people are coming down with the flu this year, but she is reluctant to blame the increase on the health department no longer offering free flu shots.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa nonprofit organization is using more than $12 million in federal grant money to develop a local electronic health information exchange model. Tulsa doctor David Kendrick, the CEO of the Greater Tulsa Health Access Network, says the goal is to have the system ready for use by spring or early summer. Tulsa is one of 15 communities chosen to receive the federal grant.