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

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

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Native Organizers Alliance volunteers meet with candidates at the Native American Presidential Forum in 2019. From left, Jennifer Bailey, Jasha Lyons Echohawk, volunteer; Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren,  former Seattle Mayor candidate Colleen Echohawk, volunteer; and Cherie Thunder, volunteer from the Menominee Reservation of Wisconsin. (Provided/ Jennifer Bailey)

Oklahoma attorneys, advocates reflect on new Native American Voting Rights bill

Nancy Marie Spears September 14, 2021

Three people with stakes in indigenous voter rights in Oklahoma are looking to the Native American Voting Rights Act, co-introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) to help address voting and election problems...

Janie Simms Hipp, a Chickasaw woman from Idabel, was named chief law officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For the first time in history, an indigenous woman is overseeing agriculture law in the United States. (Provided/ Janie Simms Hipp)

Chickasaw woman, Oklahoma native named to key USDA post

Nancy Marie Spears September 2, 2021

It makes sense that Janie Simms Hipp, a Chickasaw woman from Idabel, was tapped earlier this year to become chief law officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  After all, Native Americans...

Patients are served at the Chickasaw Nation Emergency Operations Facility, 1300 Cradduck Road in Ada. Photo from the Chickasaw Nation.

Oklahoma tribes pivot to booster shots in COVID-19 battle

Nancy Marie Spears August 30, 2021

Armed with the news that booster shot guidelines are on the horizon, tribal nations in Oklahoma continue their fight against COVID-19 in a state with a low vaccination rate as another surge pushes health...

Leaders across the state have posted messages on tribal websites announcing that due to the COVID uptick, events planned for Labor Day weekend and beyond will be canceled. (Photo courtesy: Cherokee National Holiday)

Oklahoma tribes canceling Labor Day events in response to COVID-19 uptick

Kimberly Burk August 18, 2021

Tribal citizens who look forward every year to national holidays and other festive gatherings are facing disappointment once again. Leaders across the state have posted messages on tribal websites announcing...

Kim Holmes at work in her office at the Altamont Apartment complex in Tulsa where she works as a property manager for the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma. Gaylord News photo / John Gott

Despite tragedies in midst of pandemic, woman continues to help others

Keegan Williams August 11, 2021

Resilient. That is the word used to describe Kim Holmes by the people who know her best.  Holmes has faced what many would say is unbelievable tragedy, yet continues to push through. In the midst...

When COVID-19 struck the Navajo Nation last year, Zoel Zohnnie realized elders and others were unable to access water stations. So he purchased a water tank and started hauling water to them. (Photo courtesy of MJ Harrison)

Q&A: How one warrior mobilized to deliver water to the Navajo Nation

July 20, 2021

PHOENIX – Not long after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in 2020, Zoel Zohnnie was laid off from his pipe welding job. But the Tuba City, Arizona, native knew other members of the Navajo Nation were...

Roy Johnston, who facilitates talking circles as part of Native Health in Mesa, plays a drum as he sings a Tohono O’odham blessing. Although he’s a member of the Choctaw Nation, he uses Tohono O’odham songs in talking circles to acknowledge the people whose land he lives and works on. (Photo by Gianluca D’Elia/Cronkite News)

Shipping sage and praying on Zoom: How an Indigenous healing practice survived the pandemic

Gianluca D’Elia, Cronkite News July 16, 2021

PHOENIX – Angela Burks remembers hearing about COVID-19 reaching the U.S. right before Ash Wednesday last year. For the PascuGianluca D’Eliaa Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, the Easter holidays normally...

Gordon Yellowman is one of Four Principal Chiefs for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Yellowman is also a father, husband, administrator, artist, educator, historian, and community leader. (Photo provided)

Cheyenne chief discusses heritage, resiliency

KaraLee Langford and Brooklyn Wayland May 19, 2021

NORMAN — A chief for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes spoke on the Gaylord News “Survive & Thrive” podcast about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Indigenous communities. “I strongly...

Jacob Keyes, a member of the Iowa Nation, owns and operates SkyDance Brewing Co. in Oklahoma City. It's a dream Keyes and his late father shared. (Photo courtesy Jacob Keyes)

Iowa Nation member to expand first Native-owned brewery

Jazz M. Wolfe, Reporter May 10, 2021

Oklahoma’s first Native American-owned brewing company, inspired by the recipes of the owner’s father, will open an independent location this summer. Jacob Keyes, a member of the Iowa Nation, opened...

The decision by leaders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to rebrand the tribe's name without

Muscogee Nation drops colonial era name

Keegan Williams, Reporter May 5, 2021

Tribal leaders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation say they are dropping “Creek” from its name as part of a rebranding effort. But members of the nation are not all on board with the change, and some...

Run the land: Native women across the U.S. take to the roads and trails

Joseph Perez, Reporter April 29, 2021

TUCSON — “Getting lost is the best part of trail running,” Marlinda Bedonie said with a chuckle as we shielded our eyes from the morning sun, searching for our cars. We spoke on a recent morning...

Like other Indigenous storytellers on RezTok, Yang often shares stories and personal histories that don’t show up in textbooks. (Photo by Jeff Rosenfield/Cronkite News)

RezTok: Indigenous storytellers find stronger voice on popular platform

Joseph Perez, Cronkite News April 1, 2021

PHOENIX – Native people across Turtle Island – an Indigenous name for North America – logged onto the video-sharing app for different reasons, but they stayed for the community, for the culture and...

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