Collinsville, Oklahoma
February 6, 2014
Miscellaneous News
Propane Assistance /
Indian Scholarship Opportunities /
More Wilson "Respect"

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"Respect" Recognition At Wilson Elementary

Wilson students continued to learn about respect during the month of January. The 1st and 2nd grade classrooms chose students who exemplify the trait of respect in and about the classroom for the last week of January. -- Lee Ann Due 2/5/2014

1st Grade Students -- (l-r) Joshua Rubison, Addison Bearden-Willett, Asher Fowler, Peyton Hudson, Abigail Jackson, Bryson Thomas, and Ethan Hadley
2nd Grade Students -- (l-r) Kaden Reed, Hunter Paul, Isaac Krueger, Caden Green, Madaxon Aunko, Hunter Graybill, and Ryan Boatman
Limited Assist
With High Priced Propane
(From James Lockhart)

February 4, 2014

Leadership in D.C. hears our propane woes while our own state leaders offer minimal help

Yesterday, the federal government announced it would release $4 million to our state to assist families using propane to heat their homes.

“I am very pleased to hear this bit of news,” Representative James Lockhart (D – Heavener) said Tuesday morning. “But I’m disappointed in our governor’s latest executive order, which halfheartedly offered assistance to our citizens at the last minute.”

A portion of her executive order prioritizes assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for families using mainly propane to heat their homes, instructing DHS to expedite applications for the Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP). ECAP is part of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The state is providing only a limited amount of additional funding to DHS.

Families must be near or below the poverty level to qualify. A family of four earning more than $25,355 before taxes will not qualify for assistance in purchasing propane, the price of which has increased 500 percent this winter.

"While it is necessary to assist the poor, it seems once again the poor and the big corporations continue to get government assistance while those in the middle must go without,” Representative Lockhart said. “The middle class is being asked to pay the freight both ways for the rich and the poor."

“I have an idea. Seeing as the taxpayers foot the bill to heat the State Capitol building and the Governor’s Mansion, let’s see how the executive and legislative leadership, whom are nowhere near the poverty line, would feel about switching to propane and trying to pay more than $4.00 per gallon on their own. I don’t think that would go over too well.”

The second regular session of the 54th legislature convened yesterday. It costs the taxpayers $30,000 each day to run the House alone. “And nothing has been accomplished yet,” Lockhart said.

DHS will begin accepting applications today and continue processing them until allocated funds are depleted.

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American Indian Graduate Center
AIGC Scholarship Announcement
Contact Janice Fields for additional information:
Ted Note: There is much more in the email I received from Janice that is a format that is difficult to transfer into web format. I can't find an equivalent link on that site with the combined info. Ask Janice to forward you that email if interested.
Fall 2014 Scholarship Application is now OPEN
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014
Subject: Cherokee Nation Fall 2014 Scholarship Application is now OPEN!
From: (Via Janice Fields)

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