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“We’re not done yet” Kendra Horn announces in concession

Kendra Horn speaks to supporters at the Tower Theater on shortly before midnight on Nov. 3.  Bennett Brinkman/Gaylord News
November 4, 2020

An emotional Kenra Horn told supporters at a campaign watch party in the Tower Theater Oklahoma City, that while she may have lost on Tuesday in her bid for reelection to second term in representing the...

Close congressional race feeds off negative energy

October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The financial windfall for Oklahoma City television stations is about to end.  For many viewers it can’t come soon enough. Perhaps Democratic incumbent Kendra Horn and her challenger...

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...

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...

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...

Exiled to Indian Country: Osage Nation

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)
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...

Post McGirt, the plan of action remains unsettled

Jurisdictional issues are fairly clear-cut after the McGirt decision with no federal legislation, but they become more muddled with the agreement in principle. Graphic courtesy of Rebecca Nagle, Mary Kathryn Nagle and Carly Griffith Hotvedt.
July 26, 2020

A small chink has emerged in the united front coming from Oklahoma’s tribes and the state Attorney General’s office.  Two of the so-called Five Tribes say they are opposed to an agreement that...

Kiowas seeking to impeach chairman

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
Tribal Chairman Matthew Komalty faces impeachment for handling of CARES Act funds, plus other charges, and a recall election
July 23, 2020

The Kiowa Tribe chairman is facing impeachment over his handling of coronavirus relief funds by the tribe’s 7-member legislative branch. The mishandling of the money, distributed by the federal government...

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