The 1889 Institute does not engage in policy advocacy. Rather, it provides dispassionate policy expertise to policy makers and the general public. The Institute does not have members or engage in grassroots organizational activities.

The 1889 Institute is an initiative of the TEL Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 education and research organization. The 1889 Institute analyzes and develops state public policy for Oklahoma based on principles of limited and responsible government, free enterprise, and a robust civil society. We disseminate analysis and recommendations to policymakers and the general public. 

We research and develop policy recommendations in the areas of k-12 educationhigher educationhealth care, welfare, economic liberty, cronyism, and state finance. Our approach to issues begins with the realization that the greatest successes for individuals, societies, and nations have occurred in an environment of limited (but necessary) government, free enterprise, and civility.

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