In The Know: Influx of new voters; celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day; grants to address student mental health needs…
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Oklahoma Seeing Influx of New Voters: Oklahoma’s top election official says voter registration is surging prior to the Nov. 6 general election. Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Friday almost 2.1 million people were registered to vote in the state at the end of September. Ziriax says more than 76,000 people have registered to vote since Jan. 15. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 12. [Public Radio Tulsa] Find more information from OK Policy on Oklahoma’s upcoming elections and state questions here.
Tulsa’s Native American Day back Monday for second year: Coming just three weeks after the resolution establishing it, Tulsa’s first Native American Day in 2017 didn’t have the benefit of a lot of forethought. But for the second go-round that’s not the case, and the planning shows. Celebrating the contributions of native peoples to the community, the second annual Tulsa Native American Day is set for Monday with a number of free, public events scheduled. [Tulsa World] Today is also the first OKC Indigenous Peoples Day thanks to a proclamation from new Mayor David Holt. [NonDoc]
Oklahoma Education Department gets $12.5M in mental health grants: The Oklahoma State Department of Education has received $12.5 million in federal grants to address students’ mental health needs. The funding is going to the area of greatest need: western Oklahoma. “Of the 106 mental health providers that serve students, there are only five that exist west of Oklahoma City metro area,” said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. “Only five.” [Public Radio Tulsa]
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