Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Oil and natural gas wells require concrete to seal the area between the well casing and the surrounding borehole. (MIT photo)

First steps taken to address Oklahoma’s long standing orphaned well problem

Beck Connelley September 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma is set to receive a federal grant to begin addressing an orphaned well problem that has plagued the state for decades. Since the discovery of oil in the late 1800s, an estimated...

Ambassador Jonodev Chaudhuri provides his testimony during the hearing. Gaylord News Photo/Beck Connelley.

Federal Committee Hearing Casts Doubt on Castro vs. Huerta Ruling

Beck Connelley September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – A congressional subcommittee investigating the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned decades of Native American law was told Tuesday that the court ignored tribal sovereignty...

Oklahoma City VA hospital.

Access to Abortion Services Granted to Veterans and VA Beneficiaries

Zoë Blume September 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – Less than a week after an Oklahoma law criminalizing abortion takes effect, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced new policy creating a nationwide loophole to provide abortion counseling...

Shabnam Khalilyar during a more pleasant time in Kabul, Afghanistan, inside the presidential compound. Photo provided.

Aug. 15: a day that a generation of Afghanistans grew old overnight

Shabnam Khalilyar August 15, 2022
Shabnam Khalilyar,26, is a University of Oklahoma Gaylord College journalism fellow preparing to enter graduate school this fall to study international diplomacy.  She was on one of the last planes out of Afghanistan in 2021 after the country fell to the Taliban. In Afghanistan she worked as a journalist and recently served as head of public opinion analysis and media monitoring for the office of the presidential chief of staff.
Cherokee Chief Chuck Hoskin spoke on his Nation’s shift to abide by the 1866 treaty regarding the citizenship of Freedmen.

State’s largest tribes split over status of descendants of their former slaves

Lauren Green July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma’s five largest tribes on Wednesday spilt on their willingness to comply with terms of treaties signed more than 150 years ago regarding descendants of their former slaves. “They’re...

Republican State Inflation Tracker referenced by Lankford.

Oklahoma families being hit by skyrocketing inflation

Lauren Green July 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – Skyrocketing inflation is costing Oklahomans thousands of dollars, according to the state’s junior senator. U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Oklahoma families are paying more than $7,000...

The Cherokee Nation map of tribal transportation projects labeled completely, in progress, planned and planning.

Cherokee Nation makes history with USDOT transportation compact

Lauren Green June 30, 2022

The Biden administration took another step to improve relations with the nation’s nearly 575 Native American tribes by signing an agreement giving the Cherokee Nation greater control over road improvements...

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

U.S. Supreme Court restores state criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country

Dustan Heistand June 29, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday narrowed the impact of the historic 2020 ruling that restored reservations for six of the state’s Native American tribes. The Court’s decision...

Both anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights protests hold demonstrations outside the U.S. Supreme Court following the reversal of Roe v. Wade.


Lauren Green June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON – Tears of joy and defeat flowed freely outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday following the reversal of the nearly 50-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the right to...

Around 45,000 flowers form a sprawling memorial on the National Mall during the March for Our Lives Demonstration on June 11, 2022. The memorial was commissioned by Gabby Giffords and is intended to symbolize the number of Americans who die annually from gun violence. Photo by: Dustan Heistand

It may be time to show what a child looks like after being slaughtered

Dustan Heistand June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – Showing the body of a child killed in a school massacre like the one in Uvalde, Texas, would have been unthinkable 20 years ago.  But that was then. “Couldn’t have imagined saying...

Hundreds of protesters rally outside the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021, as justices hear arguments in a challenge to a strict Mississippi abortion law that will be decided later this month.  (Cronkite News Photo by Ulysse  Bex)

Oklahoma full abortion ban harkens back over 100 years

Lauren Green June 13, 2022

Oklahoma made history last month as the first state in 50 years to put a full ban on abortions. This stringency has not been seen in most states in more than 100 years. Gov. Kevin Stitt last month signed...

Highway work such as this last year on State Highway 19 in Ada will be accelerated as a result of new funding obtained by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.  Photo courtesy Ada News

ODOT receives $41.5 million loan to speed rural highway construction

Dustan Heistand June 6, 2022

WASHINGTON – Narrow state highways in eight Oklahoma counties are to be repaved and widened under a $41.5 million loan of federal funds to the state highway department. The low interest loan to the...

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