The Chickasaw Nation is set to debut the first of a series of documentaries about the tribe. "First Encounter" is a historical documentary about the tribe's confrontation with the Spanish conquistador Hernando De Soto. It's being screened Saturday at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. The film is the first of several documentaries the tribe plans to create for its Chickasaw Heritage Series.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Oklahoma Corporation Commission nearly $132,000 to ensure continued protection of groundwater in Oklahoma. The $131,843 in total funds will be used to issue permits for injection wells that meet program requirements and for shutting down wells when pollution has occurred. The federal agency says the grant helps ensure American citizens have safe sources of drinking water through a cooperative effort between the EPA, state and tribal governments.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional. Attorney Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills. Fent says the law was approved in the final days of this year's legislative session and was not approved by at least three-fourths of the House and Senate. A report on the case will be submitted to the high court.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -Oklahoma native Tava Maloy Sofsky has been named the new director of the Oklahoma Film & Music Office. She replaces outgoing director Jill Simpson. Sofsky has worked with a variety of filmmakers and executives, including comedian Bill Cosby and directors Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone. Her film credits include "The Mask of Zorro" and "The Fast and the Furious."
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