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Hearing set in suit against Comanche tobacco shops

The Comanche Nation Smoke Shop logo.  Gaylord News photo courtesy of the Comanche Nation Smoke Shop Facebook page.
December 1, 2020

A hearing is scheduled Thursday on a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the tobacco shops owned by the Comanche Nation brought by a former business partner.  G.J.S. International Inc. filed a lawsuit...

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...

SCOTUS confirmation battle, stimulus stalemate highlight partisan divide

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford talks with reporters about Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett and stimulus negotiations. Gaylord News / Jessie Christopher Smith.
October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was confirmed Monday night, Oklahoma’s two senators pinned the blame on Democrats as coronavirus relief negotiations stalled yet again.  Sens....

Oklahoma senators affirm support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (left) meets with Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right) on Oct. 21 at the US Capitol. Fellow Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford also met with Judge Barrett an hour earlier. Gaylord News/Emma Sears
October 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s two senators pledged their support of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett with a vote looming late next week. Both said they found her to be highly qualified to succeed...

Renaming OKC post office a lesson on civil rights

Clara Luper was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement and is largely credited with starting the movement in Oklahoma.  Photo courtesy BlackPast.org
October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON -- A bill renaming the downtown Oklahoma City post office for an Oklahoma civil rights icon has been stalled in a Senate committee of which Sen. James Lankford is a member. The bill to rename...

Boundaries of six state tribes now on Google Maps

Boundaries of six state tribes now on Google Maps
September 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — A landmark Supreme Court case is already changing how Oklahoma shows up on Google, with the reservation boundaries for six of the tribal nations represented on maps for the first time in...

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...

Black Lives Matter rallies for Julius Jones at Washington march

Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, head of Black Lives Matter OKC, reflects on the shooting of Jacob Blake and the case of Julius Jones. Jessie Smith/Gaylord News
August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — Thirteen members of the Black Lives Matter OKC chapter called for clemency of Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones while joining others marching to protest police brutality and racial...

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...

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