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THUMBS UP to the Cherokee Nation for opening a Career Services office in Muskogee. The office will help tribal citizens with employment training opportunities and job assistance.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the Cherokee Nation's "goal is to have tribal services accessible for our citizens no matter where they live."

The new facility at 1305 S. Country Club Road will provide space for assisting Cherokees with economic development, employment programs including youth and adult programs, vocational training, job corps recruitment and placement and others.

Information: (918) 682-2077 or at www.cherokee.org/all-services/career-services/ .

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THUMBS UP to historian Jimmie White for speaking at Warner's library about the Tulsa Race Massacre. White taught social sciences at Connors State College and talked about how African Americans had come to Oklahoma, served in the Great War, and established a prosperous “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa’s Greenwood area. He also talked about lynching, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and its influence in Oklahoma in the early 20th Century.

The Tulsa Race Massacre has not been in textbooks to be learned in school, but Tulsa is close to home. We should learn about the history of our great state, even if it is something considered a dark time in our history. We learn from our mistakes.

White’s presentation about the 1921 riot capped the library’s weeklong exhibit “Tulsa Race Massacre and Spirit of Greenwood,” created by the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. The traveling exhibit moves to Rieger Memorial Library, 116 N. Broadway in Haskell, where it will remain through February. Information: (918) 482-3614.

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