Watts rejoins Dillard’s board of directors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts has rejoined the board of directors for the Dillard’s Inc. department store chain.

Watts replaces James A. Haslam III, who resigned his position. The Little Rock-based chain announced Watts’ election on Tuesday.

Watts represented Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District from 1995 to 2003 and was elected chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1998. He is also a former star quarterback at the University of Oklahoma. Watts served previously on Dillard’s board, leaving the post last year.

Dillard’s operates department stores in 29 states.

Grants to tribes to combat violence against women

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that more than $1.3 million will be awarded to two Oklahoma Indian tribes to fight violence against women.

The grants from the Office on Violence Against Women will go to the Choctaw Nation and to the Tonkawa Tribe.

The Choctaw Nation will receive almost $900,000 to hire a full-time coordinator to create partnerships with higher education. The program is to help victims pay for the cost of education.

The Tonkawa Tribe is getting just more than $440,000 to help Indian women in Kay County who are victims of violence.

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