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It's time again for the once-a-decade count of the people living within our nation. This next census will be the sixth one that will have my name and information included.

Lately, there's been a lot of material in the media about "Killers of the Flower Moon," and how it's to be adapted to the big screen. But for citizens of the Osage Nation, the story still tears at the fabric of the hearts. It is the tale of how their families were murdered by white people who pretended to be "caretakers," but who were grabbing mineral rights.

Independence Day activities typically last a couple hours and culminate with a fireworks show. Checotah, however, isn’t having a typical July 4 for its residents and visitors.

During the first meeting in March, the seated circle was asked, 'Who has supportive parents?' "Only one person raised their hand. This (group) is the only support some people will have." — 17-year-old co-founder Benjamin Clark

It was 1993 when then-professional basketball star Charles Barkley famously said “I am not a role model.” His point — that children should look to their parents for inspiration, not professional athletes — was well taken.

There was a time when working parents in Tahlequah were desperate to find something for their children to do after school, and they were even more worried about the lack of summertime activities. That's not the case anymore. In fact, there are so many events crammed into the local calendar that the Daily Press is having trouble keeping up with them.