Magic show set June 22

Pawhuska Public Library presents its ever-popular magician Steve Crawford from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. June 22 in “Philharmagic.” Steve amazes Pawhuska children and parents each summer with his show.

No one can figure out how he does his magic. Could you be the first? Check out a book about preforming magic — that’s how Crawford got started on his career. Sponsors for Summer Reading are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Sonic Corporation.

Pawhuska Public Library also had a Summer Reading event June 8 attended by 14 children, their parents, and teachers. The children learned that each animal, plant, and planet has its own, individual music.

Assistant Librarian Lenna Hayes presented a program about songs and sounds made by whales, plants, and the solar system. Volunteer Blythe Larrabee read the story Georgia Music, which describes the love of a young girl and her grandfather, and the music of songbirds and insects they hear as they work in grandfather’s garden.

Each child got to make a kazoo using tongue depressors, rubber bands, and straws, and experiment with making their own music. Summer Reading continues from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays through July 20.


Option available for primaries

Osage County voters will for the first time have the option of voting at a satellite early voting location before the June 26 primary election, County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said.

Those who want to vote early in person can do so June 21, June 22 or June 23. Early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at both the county election board office, 630 Kihekah Ave. in Pawhuska, and a new early voting site at First Baptist Church, 825 W. Rogers Blvd. in Skiatook.

A law allowing some counties in the state to open satellite locations for early voting was expanded by the state Legislature last year to include Osage County, Chouteau said.

Items on the ballot for the June 26 primary include statewide offices such as governor, legislative races, district attorneys, judges and a state question. Oklahoma has a closed primary system, however the law allows parties to choose whether to allow Independents to vote in their primaries. The Democratic Party is the only party that is allowing Independent voters to cast ballots in its primaries this year.

Voters can see a sample ballot for their precinct by using the Online Voter Tool on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at and entering their name and date of birth, or at for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the June 26, 2018, primary election.

Sample ballots are also available at the Osage County Election Board office. Chouteau said that sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 630 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska, during regular office hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sample ballots also will be posted outside the precinct polling place on June 26, so that voters can review them before casting their votes.

For more election-related information, call the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036, e-mail at or visit www.elections.ok.govor


‘Sovereignty’ reading scheduled Monday

TULSA — The Cherokee Nation will host a staged reading of attorney and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle’s new play, “Sovereignty,” Monday at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Tickets are $10 for tribal citizens and $15 for noncitizens and can be purchased online here. The reading of the play begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“Sovereignty”recently opened in Washington, D.C., at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, garnering national attention and praise across the United States, including articles in the New York Times, the American Theatre Magazine, the National Law Journal and the Tulsa World. This will be the first presentation of “Sovereignty”in Oklahoma.

Set in both the 1830s and today, “Sovereignty” explores the legal fight between the Cherokee Nation and the state of Georgia, which would go on to establish the foundation for sovereignty of all tribal nations in the United States.

Although victorious in the Worcester v. Georgia case, the Cherokee Nation and other southeastern tribal nations were still forcibly removed from their homelands and marched to Indian Territory at the behest of President Andrew Jackson.

“Sovereignty” shows the resulting divide between Principal Chief John Ross and what came to be known as the Ridge Treaty Party, as both sides fought to preserve their nation against a ruthless government determined to secure their eradication.

The play goes back and forth in time, when a non-Indian challenges the constitutionality of Cherokee Nation’s restored criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians under the 2013 Violence Against Women Act.

Nagle, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and direct descendant of John Ridge, wrote “Sovereignty” as a commission for the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where the play received its world premiere and opened on Jan. 24, 2018.

This reading of “Sovereignty”will be held in conjunction with Cherokee Tri-Council, a yearly gathering of all three Tribal Councils of the federally recognized Cherokee tribes: the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The annual event celebrates the culture, shared experiences and continued sovereignty of all three tribes.