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Tribes preparing for vaccine distribution

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

Coronavirus stigma affects pandemic response

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)
December 11, 2020

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

Some students struggle with calendar changes caused by pandemic

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

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

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

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...

Oklahoma in ‘final sprint’ before census deadline

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

Census awareness raised in immigrant communities despite bureau troubles

Census awareness raised in immigrant communities despite bureau troubles
September 15, 2020

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma may have been spared missing thousands of immigrants in the 2020 census when a federal judge temporarily stopped the Trump administration from ending the census early, according...

Bars, parties and football during a global pandemic

Campus culture on the University of Oklahoma continues to adapt around coronavirus restrictions. Photo courtesy OU.
September 10, 2020

When the University of Oklahoma Sooners kick off their season Saturday night against Missouri State, the stadium will feel empty,  but nearby Campus Corner will not. OU is limiting attendance inside...

Cherokee tribe using COVID-19 funds to improve health facilities

The Cherokee Nation will allocate COVID-19-related funding toward improving healthcare facilities.
September 9, 2020

The Cherokee Nation plans to construct or remodel 12 tribal buildings devoted to healthier outcomes as part of the tribe’s COVID-19 recovery plan.  Using $25 million in CARES Act funds allocated...

Court order blocking COVID-19 funds spending by Kiowa tribe lifted

Kiowa Tribe Chairman Matthew Komalty sits next to Angela McCarthy, Kiowa legislative speaker, with members of the tribe’s executive branch and legislators during a discussion earlier this year about tribal safety during early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo courtesy of The Kiowa Tribe
August 28, 2020

The Court of Indian Offenses lifted the court order that halted the Kiowa chairman from spending COVID-19 CARES Act funds following a lengthy legal battle between the Kiowa Legislative and Executive branches. The...

Kiowa Chairman’s impeachment hearing delayed

Chairman Komalty (pictured, center) sought injunction over concern about COVID-19 exposure. Photo courtesy of the Kiowa Tribe.
July 30, 2020

The impeachment trial for Matthew Komalty, chairman of the 14,000 member Kiowa Tribe was halted Thursday after the Court of Indian Offenses ordered a delay. Komalty sought the delay because of a concern...

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.
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...

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