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The Cheyenne and Arapaho Language Department staff: Left to right, back row: Carol Whiteskunk, Jazmine Johnson, Michael Elizondo, Brendan Haag and James Sleeper; Left to right, front row: Regina Youngbear, Rebecca Risenhoover, Shaynna Walker and Michelle Johnston.

Tribal nations ramp up, reflect on language preservation efforts after American Rescue Plan allocation

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter March 30, 2021

Justin Neely, director of language for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, grew up among elders who told him that if the Potawatomi language is lost, so are the Potawatomi people. Now, the tribal elders...

A Choctaw language lesson. Photo by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma tribes making plans to use American Rescue Plan funds in Native language programs

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter March 30, 2021

Tribal leaders across Oklahoma say they are looking forward to seeing how American Rescue Plan funds for language preservation are distributed. “We could use the money, whether it be making more programming...

Source: Oklahoma Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Economic impact of tribes increases substantially as tribes anticipate future economic relief

Kaitlyn Deggs, Reporter March 29, 2021

The economic impact of the tribes in Oklahoma has increased substantially during the past few years, and funds from the American Rescue Plan are only going to continue this trend. The Oklahoma Native...

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...

Native Americans to receive record funding from American Rescue Plan

Joseph Tomlinson and Libbey Dean March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma tribes are both hopeful and anxious as they wait for the funds and spending rules from the American Rescue Plan that President Biden signed last week. Native American tribes...

Tom Hanks gets his picture with the Kiowa cast and Dorothy WhiteHorse DeLaune from the film

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...

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., speaking in Congress about the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in spring 2020. Haaland is the first Native American selected to run a Cabinet agency after the Senate confirmation of her nomination to be the next secretary of Interior. Photo courtesy House of Representatives

Senate makes history with confirmation of Deb Haaland as Interior secretary

Sarah Oven, Reporter March 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Senate made history Monday with its confirmation of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as the next Interior secretary, making her the first Native American to head a Cabinet agency. The...

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...

Record snow and cold kills Kiowa Tribal Member

Record snow and cold kills Kiowa Tribal Member

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter February 23, 2021

The record-breaking snowstorm that hit Oklahoma last week has taken the life of a member of the Kiowa Tribe.  After days of family members’ searching, Truman ‘TL’ Leon Baker, 51, was found by...

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...

Oklahoma Kiowa Tribe volunteers load free food into a recipient’s car after severe weather conditions hit the state. (Photo courtesy the Kiowa Tribe)

Oklahoma tribe volunteers pass out food boxes, supplies amid harsh winter weather

Nancy Marie Spears, Reporter February 19, 2021

CARNEGIE — Oklahoma’s Kiowa Tribe is moving to expand emergency assistance efforts for tribal members as severe weather conditions are now only beginning to abate. The tribe is offering free firewood,...

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