Following in My Cherokee Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps

I Work With Tribes Across the Country to Honor Our Ancestors—And Ensure Our Survival

I started working in repatriation efforts before I even knew what the term meant.

But repatriation—bringing our ancestors home—is in my blood. I grew up in a Cherokee community in Chewey, Oklahoma, in the foothills of the Ozarks. Sometimes I’ve wondered how my extended family could be as fortunate as we were, remaining isolated from the nearby towns, with a river running in front of us and a small creek behind. My relatives would tell me how much it was like our ancestors’ original home in the East, with mountainous terrain, …

Why I Put Up With Tornadoes

My Pocket of Oklahoma Can Be Dangerous. But You Couldn’t Wish For Better Neighbors.

When my parents died, my husband and I bought their house in Norman, Oklahoma and moved in. It’s the very same house they built in 1952 in anticipation of adding …

Former GOP Rep. Mickey Edwards

I’m More Brand-Loyal to the Kit Kat Bar Than I Am to the Republican Party

Former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards, who represented Oklahoma for 16 years, is the author of The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. Before talking …