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

Gaylord News

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

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Governor Kevin Stitt (Provided)

Supreme Court denies overturning McGirt 31 times

Nancy Marie Spears January 24, 2022

The Supreme Court on Monday in a sweeping series of rulings denied 31 Oklahoma appeals of multiple McGirt-related decisions, a landmark case that reaffirmed the Muscogee (Creek) reservation in eastern...

(Left) First grade yearbook photo of Oney M. Roubedeaux at the Concho Indian Boarding School in 1970, (Provided); (Right) headshot of Roubedeaux, (Provided).

Alumni support Haaland’s boarding school initiative: “Boarding schools were a learning experience”

Nancy Marie Spears December 10, 2021

Tribes across the Southwest dread the possibility that thousands of unmarked graves might be uncovered by a federal investigation into abandoned Native American boarding schools expected to wrap up early...

Hispanic STEM Convention

Oklahoma students attend Hispanic STEM convention to move state up in science and technology innovation ranks

Zaria Oates December 3, 2021

Oklahoma Universities sent students to the largest Hispanic STEM convention in the nation, but Oklahoma ranks low among states leading the way in STEM. Convention attendees aim to make Oklahoma’s science...

First-generation electrical engineering student overcomes imposter syndrome, paves way for himself

Zaria Oates December 3, 2021

The University of Oklahoma has just over twenty percent of first generation college students in the class of 2024, but many first-generation students are still struggling to adapt to the college world. First...

Work continues on the Imhoff Road bridge in Norman that was closed July 29 after structural issues were discovered during an inspection.  It is expected to reopen in early 2022. Gaylord News Photo.

Oklahoma municipal and tribal officials say infrastructure money is needed

Robert Viamontes December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Mayors and tribes across Oklahoma have lists miles long of projects they hope to fund with some of the more than $5 billion that has been unlocked for Oklahoma by the federal Infrastructure...

Jennifer and Chad Brackeen speaking with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (Provided)

Indian Child Welfare Act experts say state statutes could protect Native families

Nancy Marie Spears November 15, 2021

Efforts to overturn the federal Indian Child Welfare Act might not be entirely successful because of state-based laws that impose similar requirements in at least nine states, including Oklahoma. Cherokee...

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe tours the rapid field issue facility, where the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team soldiers are fitted for and issued the gear they will use during deployment. (Provided/ U.S. Army)

Inhofe Slams Biden’s Federal Vaccine Mandate

Robert Viamontes November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma’s senior senator on Thursday called on President Biden to roll back his mandate requiring federal employees and contractors to become fully vaccinated by the new deadline of Jan....

Oklahoma faces backlash over botched executions, history of lethal injection

Zaria Oates November 4, 2021

Oklahoma was the first U.S. state to legalize lethal injection for executions as an alternative to electrocution, hanging and the firing squad, but lethal injections are now being referred to as just as...

Gov. Reggie Wassana, right, and Lt. Gov. Gib Miles stand together shortly after their reelection the night of Nov. 2. (Photo provided by Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes)

Cheyenne and Arapaho governor is first to be elected for second term in tribe

Nancy Marie Spears November 3, 2021

Cheyenne and Arapaho Gov. Reggie Wassana and Lt. Gov. Gib Miles won the Nov. 2 general election by a landslide, the first time the tribe has reelected its governor. The Wassana and Miles team received...

Muscogee Nation Lighthorse Police gather at the River Spirit Casino in preparation for collaborative efforts with the Tulsa Police Department to respond to citizen demonstrations after the killing of George Floyd. (Jason Salsman/Muscogee Nation)

Tribal law enforcement officials say McGirt strengthening public safety systems in Indian Country

Nancy Marie Spears November 2, 2021

Oklahoma tribal public safety officials say the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt ruling is strengthening momentum for improvements to public safety infrastructure in their police departments. The Choctaw...

In the United States alone, domestic violence impacts more than 10 million people every year. Organizations such as the National Network to End Domestic Violence are working to educate the public on how to recognize red flags and seek ways to improve the criminal justice system. (Provided)

National Network to End Domestic Violence seeks to improve justice system

Zaria Oates November 1, 2021

In the United States alone, domestic violence impacts more than 10 million people every year. Organizations such as the National Network to End Domestic Violence are working to educate the public on how...

This undated photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows John Marion Grant. A federal appeals court has granted a stay of execution for two Oklahoma inmates who were scheduled to receive lethal injections in the coming weeks. A three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit issued the stays Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, for death row inmates John Marion Grant and Julius Jones. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

National death penalty organization says botched Oklahoma executions grounds for heavy criticism

Zaria Oates October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Was John Grant’s execution botched? Oklahoma officials say it wasn’t, but the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C.,says it was worse than...

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