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Supreme Court affirms Muscogee (Creek) reservation status

Source: Oklahoma Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Wendy Weitzel, Reporter

July 9, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The ground shifted in Oklahoma shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled the eastern half of the state is still comprised of Native American reservations. Suddenly, jurisdictional lines were rearranged: A member of an Oklahoma tribe can’t be tried in state court for...

Trump’s Tulsa Rally: In Photos

Helena Hind, Photographer

June 25, 2020

Photojournalist documents Tulsans’ reactions to Trump rally

Oklahoma Eagle photojournalist C.J. Neal films a stand-up outside the BOK Center where President Trump is speaking. Photo by Wendy Weitzel/Gaylord News.

Wendy Weitzel, Reporter

June 23, 2020

TULSA -- C.J. Neal makes the two block walk from the newsroom to the businesses on Greenwood Avenue almost every day. On his way, he likes to read the names of nearly 160 Black-owned businesses, which a century earlier had been looted and burned to the ground by white mobs, from a mural on the red...

Oklahoma’s CD5 Republican primary foreshadows a nationally important general election

Oklahoma’s CD5 Republican primary foreshadows  a nationally important general election

Breanna Mitchell, Reporter

June 14, 2020

As Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District June 30 primary nears, the nine Republican candidates are vying for a shot at facing off against incumbent U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn. Democratic congresswoman Horn’s win in 2018 suggested the historically red district, consisting of Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and...

Day of reckoning looms for medical marijuana license holders

The canopy at Green Sky Pharms in Kingfisher, Okla.. Photo courtesy of Chris McAlvain.

Wendy Weitzel, Reporter

June 11, 2020

KINGFISHER, Okla. – Chris McAlvain and Matt Blackwood were going by the books on their first crop – especially with their combined savings on the line. They did their research, paid for their license, bought their equipment, and cured their harvest for 40 days, three weeks past the minimum recommendation. The fou...

OPINION: Beware of the return to normalcy

Protest march in Oklahoma City on May 31, 2020.

Jessie Christopher Smith, Reporter

June 3, 2020

Something to consider in the wake of #BlackOutTuesday: I've noticed many people -- from celebrities and everyday citizens to journalists and federal employees -- sharing images of police officers kneeling with protesters, participating in marches with protesters, and taking selfies with protesters. While...

Wheat farmers may be left out of stimulus payments

A field of wheat in northern Dewey County, Oklahoma. Wheat watchers are expecting a good harvest despite some fears of loss due to a recent freeze. More should be known later in the week, according to Oklahoma Wheat Commission executive director Mike Schulte.

Hogan Gore, Gaylord News

April 27, 2020

Tucked inside the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law nearly a month ago are funds designed to help farmers, ranchers and the food supply chain to survive the pandemic’s blow. But wheat farmers, one of the largest commodities grown in Oklahoma, could be left out. “Wheat...

Cattlemen scrape by while processors reap the profit

Cattlemen scrape by while processors reap the profit

Brooklyn Wayland

April 23, 2020

The Mid America Stockyards in Bristow, Oklahoma, sits nearly empty as cattlemen bear the brunt of a troubling time in the agriculture industry on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Processors and packers seem to be the only ones profiting during COVID-19. Photo: Brooklyn Wayland, Gaylord News Oklahoma...

Final steps taken to replace Obama-era WOTUS rule

Babbling creek runs through property in Cushing Oklahoma.

KaraLee Langford

April 22, 2020

The Trump Administration took a crucial step to complete a years-long process to replace the 2015 Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that Oklahoma farmers criticized as a disastrous land grab. In its place, the Trump administration developed the Navigable Waters Protection Rule that...

Businesses, Banks Continue Wait For More Relief Funding

Hogan Gore, Gaylord News

April 21, 2020

More than 35,000 Oklahoma small businesses received loans from the federal $2 trillion stimulus plan last week, but thousands more are stuck waiting for a refill for a program that blew through $350 billion in less than three weeks. Steve Bullock, president of Fail-Safe Solutions LLC in Oklahoma City,...

REAL ID progress for Oklahoma slowed by COVID-19 concerns

Gold Star indicates drivers license complies with REAL ID regulations

Jessie Christopher Smith, Gaylord News

April 21, 2020

A long-awaited program that would help Oklahoma passengers board airline flights without issue has been delayed again -- this time because of COVID-19. For many years Oklahoma has been defiant in complying with the REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005 to make state driver’s licenses more secure...

Online classes lead to claims of privacy invasions

Online classes lead to claims of privacy invasions

KaraLee Langford

April 21, 2020

With Covid-19 abruptly forcing the remainder of the spring college semester to virtual learning through technologies such as Zoom or Skype, some faculty have struggled to make the transition smooth. College students say they didn’t sign up for online classes, which limits a student’s opportunities...

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