TulsaPeople Q&A: Bill John Baker

Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation



Principal Chief Baker, in his Tahlequah office, is a native of Tahlequah and is the fourth generation of his family to reside in Cherokee County.

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To say that last year’s election for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation was contentious is to dramatically understate it.

What began as one election in late June became two when the original results were invalidated amid challenges, appeals and recount requests. A second vote was held in late September. When the smoke cleared, longtime Tribal Council member Bill John Baker defeated incumbent Chad Smith to take leadership of the more than 300,000 Cherokee citizens who make up the largest federally recognized tribe in the United States.

With six children and nine grandchildren, Baker, 60, now finds himself at the helm of a jurisdiction encompassing all or part of 14 counties across northeastern Oklahoma, including the northern parts of Tulsa County, as well as Washington, Rogers, Craig, Nowata, Muskogee and eight others.

The tribe’s economic engine, Cherokee Nation Businesses, includes eight casinos, as well as interests in hospitality, personnel services, telecommunications, distribution, manufacturing and environmental services. All total, the Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is estimated to be more than $1.3 billion.

Baker took office in October and was formally inaugurated in early November.

You are a native of Tahlequah and represent the fourth generation of your family in Cherokee County. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Growing up as the youngest son of schoolteacher parents could not have been any more “Ozzie and Harriet.” It was absolutely a joy. I have memories of building tree houses and turkeys roosting in the next tree. Of being able to ride a horse out to the river. We were so fortunate. We had college football, college basketball and high school sports, and we thought it was the center of the universe.

You earned an education degree from Northeastern State University but bought a furniture business just out of college. Are there lessons you learned as a businessman that have stayed with you?

Absolutely. Being a businessman is really about finding opportunities to serve people. And every problem that comes to you is really just an opportunity to fix something or to create another product.

To be in business in a small town, if you don’t treat people right, you don’t stay in business. The pool of customers is just too small to not solve problems.

I think over 40 years — I’ve been in many businesses, like retail, construction, motel, developed condos — all of those things have given me experiences that are invaluable. Every one of them is something I can draw on as chief of the Cherokee Nation.

You are a past PTA president, a former youth sports coach, a charter member of the Tahlequah Rotary Club and past president of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce. What drove that level of community involvement?

My grandmother taught me at an early age that you have to give back, to volunteer. I think that every parent ought to coach a little league soccer team at least once. If you’re going to complain about the schools, or complain about education, then you need to get in there, roll up your sleeves and try to make a difference.

What was your strength as a coach?

When I coached soccer, I had never played soccer a day in my life and I knew nothing about it. But I knew that I could hire one of the college soccer players who needed extra money to be my assistant. By hiring his talents, it made my whole team much better. He knew what to teach them, and I learned from him.

I feel the same way about the tribe. I hire talent with skills that I don’t have.

How important is family?

Very. I’m blessed that my mother is still living and extremely active. We stick together. We come from a family that believes in one another and cares for each other. At the end of the day, family is always there.

What prompted you to run for chief?

I thought we could better serve our people, and I was somewhat frustrated by the constant passing up of good ideas that would really help people in need. When we got to a point where we were just all business and not thinking about how we can serve our people, I got frustrated.

So you believe a business approach to political office can help, but within limits?

No, business works. But it would be like me running my furniture store and not taking care of my kids. The business is just a means to an end.

As a private businessperson, the money is not what it’s about. It’s about being able to raise your family, to make them comfortable, to have the means to see that they get college educations, to see that they have the opportunities.

The tribe is no different. It’s not about the bottom line. But we have to have business to be able to afford to do the things that we should for our people. So there has to be a balance.

Were there those close to you who encouraged your run?

Many of my supporters on the council, and many community people, asked me to run for chief — eight years ago, four years ago. I didn’t think the timing was right.

I really enjoyed being on the Tribal Council, and my heart is still over there, where you have time to deal with individuals and take care of them one at a time and you can follow up on their problems.

As long as I was over there, and we could identify a problem, and we could find a permanent fix for not only that person but everybody else who was similarly situated, I was happy.

And then, like I said, I got unhappy in the past four years because I felt we were not given the resources that were really needed. So a lot of people asked me to run. And a lot of people wished I hadn’t.

The election was drawn out and fairly divisive. Did that take a personal toll?

No, it really didn’t. I truly enjoy campaigning. I enjoy getting out and meeting people and listening to their hopes and dreams and fears. I was blessed that every night, the second I put my head on my pillow, I went to sleep. And I slept extremely well the entire campaign. I had so many volunteers who would lift me up every day and so many people praying for me.

Is spirituality a big part of your life?

I think faith is everything. I don’t think I have ever accomplished anything but by the grace.

Are your beliefs going to be obvious during your tenure as chief?

I ask for guidance every morning. I think it will define my tenure.

In what way?

Every decision I make, I’m going to look at how is this going to best serve the Cherokee people, and I’m going to ask God for guidance on how to do that.

Post-election, how do you plan to reunify the tribe?

We’ve started that process already. Even at the inauguration, we were able to bring together what used to be the Cherokee adult choir but was split several years ago between the Methodists and Baptists.

And it was the first time in history that we’ve been able to get the chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the chief of the Cherokee Nation and the chief of the (United Keetoowah band of Cherokee Indians) together in a ceremony.

My whole campaign was based on the vision that, if you are Cherokee, we all came from one fire. When the Cherokee were just a very small group, all of our ancestors were literally around one fire.

Are the Cherokee people hungry for unity?

Fifty-six percent of them are. I have my detractors, but I think the majority are ready to get about the business of being nice and taking care of each other and not fussing and spending money on lawsuits.

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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8-$10

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The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Through the use of glass, beadwork, and fiber, 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce Scott and Sonya Clark highlight, challenge, uncover, and discover race, representation, and injustice. The project weaves...

Cost: Free

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108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will host an exhibition entitled “Digital Divas”, by internationally recognized Sculptor Slim Cook from September 7 to October 2, 2017 with an...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Telephone: (918) 743-4297

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we have a special treat for you this month at MAINLINE!  The ever-mysterious Oklahoma artist 'thedirtyfabulous' will thrill us with a new exhibit entitled 'Shunga Superstar /...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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“CHALK IT UP” An Art festival, begins on September 22nd from 7pm-11pm and continues on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am-7pm.  This is a family event...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rose District
211 S. Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK  74013
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Sponsor: ARTSOK, Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-688-5766
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett
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Tulsa's Funniest Stories - One Night of Hilarity!     Friday, September 22 at 8 PM - 10 PM Want to hear the funniest stories that have been told on our stage the last 4+...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Ok So Story Slam
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Beehive Lounge
2405 E Admiral Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Case Soccer Complex
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Ok So Story Slam brings back some of the best stories from the last four years.

Cost: $10

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Utopia Bar & Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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American Legion Post 308
11328 E Admiral Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Blackbird On Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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The time has come for pumpkin everything. Breakfast, lunch, and Pie Night is all pumpkins.

Where:
Antoinette Baking Co
207 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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In Elizabeth Brown’s “Morphology,” the artist imagines a landscape of drawings and sculptural installations that are inspired by the natural world, but are forged from an array of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Living Arts
307 E. Mathew Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts
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Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $35.50-$55.50

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Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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George's Pub
108 N 1st St
Jenks, OK
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Fuel 66
2439 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Fassler Hall
304 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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ORU Aerobics Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Drive
Tulsa, OK
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Clark Youth Theatre performs the original high school musical, starring Rydell High's class of 1959.

Cost: $10-$13

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Clark Youth Theatre
4825 S Quaker Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Fed up suburban youths struggle to find their place in a superficial society in the rock opera based on the pop-punk band's Grammy-winning album.

Cost: $30-$32

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Through a series of events, Christine begins to believe her daughter, the seemingly perfect Rhoda, may in fact be a serial killer.

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Muskogee Little Theatre
311 S 3rd St
Muskogee, OK
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A celebration of impermanence, artists compete, creating artworks with chalk on 10'x10' sections of Main Street, B.A.

Where:
The Rose District
Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK
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Cost: $27-$45

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Guthrie Green
111 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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7:30 a.m., party; 9:30 a.m., walk.

Cost: Free registration, sponsorships available, fundraising encouraged

Where:
Dietler Commons, in front of McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Alzheimer's Association
Telephone: 918-392-5010
Contact Name: Leeanna Tomah
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  The Farmer’s Market Every Saturday from 8-11:30am until mid-October New live music each week, cooking demonstrations, wine, cheeses, fresh eggs, meats, honey, veggies and...

Cost: free admission

Where:
The Farm Shopping Center
51st & Sheridan
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: The Farm Shopping Center
Telephone: 918-622-3860
Contact Name: Shelley Latta
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8:30 a.m., fun run; 9 a.m., 5K and 10K Food trucks, inflatables, music, family-friendly event Sign up at: https://runsignup.com/Race/OK/Catoosa/PortHarborDash  The 5K and 10K...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Tulsa Port of Catoosa
5350 Cimarron Road
Catoosa, OK  74015
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Sponsor: Tulsa Port of Catoosa
Telephone: 918-202-7714
Contact Name: Sheila Shook
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Through the use of glass, beadwork, and fiber, 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce Scott and Sonya Clark highlight, challenge, uncover, and discover race, representation, and injustice. The project weaves...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will host an exhibition entitled “Digital Divas”, by internationally recognized Sculptor Slim Cook from September 7 to October 2, 2017 with an...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Telephone: (918) 743-4297

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Masquerade/cosplay event with food, silent auction and Batman-themed activities. Batman or movie character costumes encouraged.

Cost: $15, individuals; $25, couples

Where:
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Broken Arrow
1400 W. Washington St.
Broken Arrow, OK
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Sponsor: Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-406-9341
Contact Name: Sean Henry
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we have a special treat for you this month at MAINLINE!  The ever-mysterious Oklahoma artist 'thedirtyfabulous' will thrill us with a new exhibit entitled 'Shunga Superstar /...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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BUY EARLY BIRD TICKETS ONLINE NOW - ONLY $12!   Get ready for the LARGEST & MOST ASTOUNDING SHOW OF THE YEAR!! BOOBS, ACROBATS, CLOWNS, SPARKS, STUNTS, TORTURE & PLENTY O' CRAZY...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
The Fur Shop Outdoor Stage
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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“CHALK IT UP” An Art festival, begins on September 22nd from 7pm-11pm and continues on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am-7pm.  This is a family event...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rose District
211 S. Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK  74013
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Sponsor: ARTSOK, Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-688-5766
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett
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Come see the beautiful Sundance award-winning documentary "Unrest" for free and learn about this most common unknown illness - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Circle Cinema
10 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Unrest in Tulsa
Contact Name: Melanie Randolph
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Signature Symphony performs Peter Boyer's New Beginnings, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto, and Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations with featured pianist Horacio Gutierrez.

Cost: $12-$37

Where:
VanTrease PACE
10300 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK
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A big top couldn't contain this crazy, adults-only circus. See acrobats, trapese artists, burlesque, fifty shades of sideshow, and some freaky clowns.

Cost: $12

Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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At Oklahoma's largest (and grooviest) pet adoption event, find a new friend or bring one for pet contests, microchipping, vendors and services, and live music.

Where:
Riverwalk Crossing
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Cost: $10-$45

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Making plans for this weekend? You can't do better than The Drunkard & The Olio at the historic Spotlight Theater. You know you've always wanted to go, and now's your chance. And if...

Cost: Adults $20, kids $12, seniors & military $17

Where:
Spotlight Theater
1381 Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Cost: $15-$18

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - LandShark Pool Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $45-$55

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Ride Brookside
4133 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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