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

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

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Tom Hanks gets his picture with the Kiowa cast and Dorothy WhiteHorse DeLaune from the film News of the World. Photo by Lynda DeLaune.

Kiowa elder bonds with 10-year-old actress on ‘News of the World’ movie set

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter March 15, 2021

“I can look you in the eye and just about tell sincerity in somebody,” said Dorothy WhiteHorse DeLaune, who built an enduring friendship with a then-10-year-old German actress on a New Mexico movie...

Dorothy WhiteHorse DeLaune and Gary Tsoodle pose for a picture together on the set. Photo by Lynda DeLaune.

Oklahoma actor ‘stood a little straighter’ after learning he would play Kiowa chief

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter March 15, 2021

After nearly 30 years of playing indigenous characters, Kiowa tribal member Gary Tsoodle finally played a Kiowa. Tsoodle, 62, has a growing resume acting in these roles after his contribution to the...

The statue of Will Rogers smiles down from his pedestal in the House connecting corridor on the second floor of the Capitol. (PHOTO: Architect of the Capitol/

Will Rogers’ one-liners still relevant today

Bennett Brinkman, Reporter January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Hands in pockets and sporting a wry smile, the Oklahoman in the U.S. Capitol gazed down from his pedestal as if he had seen it all before. The statue of Will Rogers was not damaged during...

Oklahoma represented on inauguration stage as Biden calls for unity

Bennett Brinkman and Libbey Dean January 21, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Native sons who rose from small towns to touch the hearts of worldwide audiences, Garth Brooks and Woody Guthrie represented Oklahoma during Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joseph...

Isabella Aiukli Cornell’s 2018 prom dress on display in Smithsonian Girlhood exhibit.  (Gaylord News/Emma Sears)

Native Oklahoma Woman’s Prom Dress on Exhibit in Smithsonian 

Emma Sears, Reporter December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON -- It’s one of the most important events in a teenager’s life, high school prom. For Isabella Aiukli Cornell, her Junior prom in 2018 was about more than just wearing a stylish gown to...

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...

Harvey Pratt, designer of the National Native American Veteran Memorial, speaks with reporters at the Museum of the American Indian. The memorial can be seen in the distance over his shoulder. Photo courtesy Gaylord News / Jessie Christopher Smith

Oklahoma artist makes history with veterans memorial

Jessie Christopher Smith and Emma Sears November 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The first national memorial to Native American war veterans, which was designed by an Oklahoma artist, was unveiled on Veterans Day in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian National Museum...

Edibles made from low THC strains of cannabis, such as these gummies, are typically recommended for patients over 65 who are not accustomed to smoking. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Cagigal.

For Oklahoma seniors, legal marijuana is a new frontier

Wendy Weitzel, Reporter July 29, 2020

Back doors, secret shops, shady exchanges, cryptic messages on bulletin boards. This is how Belinda Davis remembers the underground weed sales in Fayetteville, the Arkansas college town where she came...

Osage Nation maintains the only remaining reservation of tribal territory in Oklahoma. Headquarters for the government is centered in Pawhuska. (Photo Credit U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau)

Exiled to Indian Country: Osage Nation

Jim North, Reporter July 27, 2020

The exchange of lush, green woodlands for the dry, unwanted land of Indian Territory came with plot twists. Osage ancestral territory east of the Mississippi included the Ohio Valley region, taking...

State census response rate a little better than 10 years ago

State census response rate a little better than 10 years ago

Hogan Gore, Gaylord News April 8, 2020

Forty-one percent of households in Oklahoma have completed the nation’s first primarily digital census with one-third of surveys completed online since the count began last week. As good as it may...

Customers wait for “Back to the Future” to start after the sun sets at the Chief Drive-In in Ninnekah. Gov. Stitt expanded non-essential business closures to all 77 Oklahoma counties, which will affect drive-in theatres.

The Last Picture Show

Conner Caughlin April 2, 2020

NINNEKAH -- As the COVID-19 outbreak worsens in the United States, some Oklahoma drive-in theatres were trying to keep their doors open to cure cabin fever.   Drive-ins across Oklahoma were...

Kimberly Teehee set to become first Cherokee delegate to Congress.

It may be a year before Cherokee delegate is seated in Congress

Addison Kliewer September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON—Kimberly Teehee returned to the Capitol this week to work with congressional aides in crafting a plan that will permit her to take a seat as the Cherokee Nation delegate to the U.S. House...

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