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

Chickasaw Nation vital to success of Oklahoma vaccination rate

Emma Sears, Reporter April 5, 2021

NORMAN — Oklahoma has one of the best vaccination rates in the U.S., and the state's Native American tribes have contributed to this success. Across America, more than 100 million doses of the COVID-19...

Arizona National Guard Spc. Paige Curtiss speaks with a COVID-19 patient at an alternate care facility on the Navajo Nation in Chinle in this June photo. The Navajo Nation was hit hard by the coronavirus, with some of the highest infection rates in the country at one point. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin/National Guard).

Tribes welcome COVID-19 relief funds, say deep-rooted problems remain

Molly Hudson, Reporter March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Advocates said the billions in aid slated for Native Americans under the latest COVID-19 relief bill is welcome, but they told a House committee that a one-shot infusion will not solve all...

Colonel Robert Walter, Oklahoma National Guard Joint Task Force Commander, said he expects all Oklahomans to have received the COVID-19 vaccine by midsummer. Photo courtesy ngaok.org

Oklahoma Guard comes to vaccine aid

Kolby Terrell, Reporter March 15, 2021

The Oklahoma National Guard’s Joint Task Force for COVID is helping to distribute vaccines — a job that is taking the complete devotion of all 152 members.  Since the pandemic started, the task...

Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks recently to the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. Photo by Senate Press Photographer

Stitt focuses on federal aid, McGirt and vaccine rollout in whirlwind trip to Washington

Bennett Brinkman and Libbey Dean February 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt spent the past two days begging for more federal money to help the state recover from a historic winter storm. “This has been an important trip because I wanted...

The CDC vaccine tracker showing Oklahoma’s vaccine distributions as of Feb. 15. Graphic by Jessie Christopher Smith, Gaylord News

Oklahoma vaccinations pushing forward despite record winter storm

Jessie Christopher Smith and Nancy Marie Spears February 21, 2021

Oklahoma is pushing ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination drive despite severe winter storms that left thousands of people stranded in their homes and some without electricity and running water. And the...

Citizen Potawatomi Health Services workers give out COVID-19 vaccinations on Jan 22. Photo courtesy Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Native American nations step up to protect their own

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter January 28, 2021

Native American tribes who have had their ancestral lands stolen, their reservations annulled, their culture trampled, say the COVID-19 pandemic was the breaking point. “It just came down to, if it...

Cherokee Tribe details its COVID-19 vaccination plan. Source: Cherokee Tribe

Tribes preparing for vaccine distribution

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter December 11, 2020

Two of Oklahoma’s largest tribes are preparing to distribute their first round of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine beginning next week, with other large tribes close behind.  The Cherokee and Chickasaw...

A model of the novel coronavirus. Stigma associated with COVID-19 infection has affected how people manage their health and communicate with others. (Gaylord News)

Coronavirus stigma affects pandemic response

Bennett Brinkman, Reporter December 11, 2020

When University of Oklahoma student Leslie Miller’s niece realized in the spring she probably had COVID-19, before it was clear how widespread the pandemic would be, she tried not to talk about it.  Even...

Alyssa Landry, left, and Alexis Martinez prepare to leave the University of Oklahoma for Thanksgiving break.  Zaria Oates/Gaylord News

Some students struggle with calendar changes caused by pandemic

Zaria Oates, Nancy Marie Spears, and Jim North December 9, 2020

Universities across Oklahoma have adjusted their fall and spring semester calendars as COVID-19 continues to surge. Now some students are feeling stressed about it. Oklahoma State University and the...

The entrance to Nappy Roots Books, located at 3705 Springlake Dr. in Oklahoma City. (Gaylord News/Nancy Spears)

Nappy Roots: Black-owned bookstore becomes a site for advocacy, activism

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter November 30, 2020

Nappy Roots Books, one of only two Black-owned bookstore in Oklahoma City, and one of four Black-owned bookstores in the state, has managed to stay afloat despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19...

End of term draws near as relief remains uncertain and government divided

Jessie Christopher Smith, Reporter November 23, 2020

Oklahoma’s House members are working during Congress’ lame duck session to help constituents with two different federal programs that could release billions of dollars in aid. The four Republican...

Native American tribes in Oklahoma are working to increase participation in the census. (Gaylord News Photo)

Oklahoma in ‘final sprint’ before census deadline

Bennett Brinkman, Reporter September 23, 2020

As the Sept. 30 deadline for census responses approaches, a number of Oklahoma groups are working to ensure as many people as possible are counted. Oklahoma currently has a response rate of 93.8%, ranking...

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