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Oklahoma ( (listen)) is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by the state of Texas on the south and west, Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. Partially in the western extreme of the Upland South, it is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the 50 United States. Its residents are known as Oklahomans (or colloquially "Okies"), and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.

The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "honored people". Cyrus Byington, the 20th-century scholar credited with creating the first Choctaw-English dictionary, stresses that the "humma" is an honorific that denotes courage and bravery. Oklahoma is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907.

With ancient mountain ranges, prairie, mesas, and eastern forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains, Cross Timbers, and the U.S. Interior Highlands, all regions prone to severe weather. Oklahoma is on a confluence of three major American cultural regions and historically served as a route for cattle drives, a destination for Southern settlers, and a government-sanctioned territory for Native Americans. Twenty-five Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma.

A major producer of natural gas, oil, and agricultural products, Oklahoma relies on an economic base of aviation, energy, telecommunications, and biotechnology. Oklahoma City and Tulsa serve as Oklahoma's primary economic anchors, with nearly two-thirds of Oklahomans living within their metropolitan statistical areas.

Oklahoma community action[edit | edit source]

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Solar power in Oklahoma on rooftops can provide 25% of all electricity used in Oklahoma. Wind power in Oklahoma

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Pathfinder Parkway is a 12-mile (19 km) walking, jogging and biking trail that traverses Bartlesville

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Friends of the Ouachita Trail - Ouachita National Recreation Trail, 223-mile (359 km) long, continuous hiking trail through the Ouachita Mountains of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

News and comment[edit | edit source]

2012

The City That Shed a Million Pounds, August 23 [1]


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