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Gaylord News

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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Sovereign Community School is looking to supporters in hopes of keeping the school doors open. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Jan. 26 to end its agreement to be Sovereign’s charter sponsor. 
(Dacoda McDowell-Wahpekeche/Gaylord News)

Indigenous charter school seeking answers to state termination notice

Dacoda McDowell-Wahpekeche February 1, 2023

Sovereign Community School is looking for ways to continue teaching Native American youth after being notified their funding could end in June. Members of the State Board of Education voted Jan. 26...

Quapaw Nation Chairman Joseph Byrd poses with U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Photo provided by the Quapaw Nation.

Oklahoma tribal leaders say synergy felt at Tribal Summit

Zoë Blume December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than a thousand miles from home, Oklahoma tribal leaders found themselves in Washington this week as tribes from every corner of the United States assembled in one room to hear...

Ranking member Tom Cole and chairman Jim McGovern deliver arguments during the hearing.

House committee meets to consider historic Cherokee delegate

Beck Connelley November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – The first steps toward potentially seating an appointed Cherokee Nation delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives were taken Wednesday by the House Rules Committee. The two-hour hearing...

Celebration participants march across the National Mall.  Gaylord News/Beck Connelley

Thousands of Native Americans Attend Long Awaited Veteran’s Memorial Dedication

Beck Connelley November 12, 2022

WASHINGTON – More than two years after its opening, the Native American Veteran’s Memorial in the nation’s capital was finally dedicated Friday in a ceremony lasting more than three hours. Tribal...

The future of Native childrens custody rests with divided Supreme Court

The future of Native children’s custody rests with divided Supreme Court

Beck Connelley November 9, 2022

The future of a federal law designed to protect Native American children landed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case that could potentially reshape the tribal sovereignty landscape...

Tribes say Supreme Court adoption case could upend decades of federal Indian law

Tribes say Supreme Court adoption case could upend decades of federal Indian law

Beck Connelley and Zoë Blume November 8, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear four cases on Wednesday that will ultimately determine whether the state or federal government bears legal responsibility for the protection of Native children. At...

A Stitt supporter is interviewed at the Red Wave Rally. (Gaylord News/Mikaela DeLeon)

Stitt’s reelection hopes uncertain in dead heat Oklahoma governor’s race

Mikaela DeLeon November 6, 2022

Despite Oklahoma’s notoriously red history, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s bid for reelection is facing pushback from Oklahoma voters as Democrat Joy Hofmeister narrows the gap in the polls. In the 2020 general...

A child holds a pro-life sign during a March for Life Demonstration this year in Washington, D.C. (Mikaela DeLeon/Gaylord News)

Gen Z impact and female registration surge unsettling Tuesday’s outcome

Mikaela DeLeon November 6, 2022

An uptick in registered female voters and an energized Generation Z following the overturning  of Roe v. Wade could lead to an upset in the gubernatorial race on Election Day. The 3% increase in female...

Kendra Horn addresses the crowd at her rally on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy of @kendrahornok on Instagram)

Candidates counting on young people to go to the polls

Katie Hallum November 5, 2022

Roe v. Wade and hot-button issues that include gun control, education, public health and national security may be the issues that tip the balance for a generation more politically involved than ever. Increasing...

First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, where the “Warrior Up to Vote Rally” was held on Oct. 27. Photo by Dustan Heistand

Tribes and organizations seek to maximize Native voter turnout

Dustan Heistand November 5, 2022

Advocates of Indigenous representation are pressing hard to increase an underrepresented Native population’s participation at polls across Oklahoma on Tuesday. Oklahoma has the second-highest Native...

A sign on the Oneida Nation highlights how opioids have affected the community.  Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Interior.

Tribes seek to lead way on opioid treatment

Zoë Blume October 31, 2022

The story of Choctaw citizen Clayton Clark’s opioid addiction begins with a compressed disc, and pirouettes into a tale of devastation and loss. After sustaining a back injury from moving furniture,...

Implications of Biden’s Presidential Pardon on Oklahoma

Implications of Biden’s Presidential Pardon on Oklahoma

Beck Connelley October 27, 2022

President Joe Biden’s presidential pardon of people convicted of simple marijuana possession is certainly historic, but it won’t actually free anyone from prison. President Biden announced on Oct,...

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