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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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House Republicans voted Wednesday to ratify U.S. Rep. Tom Cole as the new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Photo courtesy of Cole’s office.

Rep. Tom Cole first Native American to chair House Appropriations Committee

Katrina Crumbacher April 10, 2024

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, has become the first Native American to chair the House Appropriations Committee and the first congressional member representing Oklahoma to do so....

NASA’s first Indigenous woman in space, Marine Col. Nicole A. Mann, speaks to students and faculty at Estrella Mountain Community College about the barriers she broke down as an Indigenous woman at NASA at EMCC’s performing arts center in Avondale on March 26, 2024. Mann encouraged students not to let acceptance rates and doubt stop them from reaching their full potential. (Photo by Kayla Mae Jackson/Cronkite News)

The first Indigenous woman in space never planned on becoming an astronaut

David Ulloa Jr. April 9, 2024

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – Estrella Mountain Community College celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting an event on March 27. Marine Col. Nicole Mann, a member of the Wailacki tribe of the Round Valley...

Administrative Assistant Ashlee Culliver has been with the sheriff’s office for less than a year so never worked across the room from the likeness of George Armstrong Custer. A portrait of Arapaho Chief Moses Starr now hangs in its place. (Photo by Kimberly Burk)

Custer County likely here to stay, but other new names are happening

Kimberly Burk April 5, 2024

ARAPAHO, OK -- It’s likely that nobody put up a fight when Custer County was named in 1896, just a couple months short of the 20th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Cheyenne and Arapaho...

President Joe Biden speaks to the crowd at the 2023 White House Tribal Nations Summit before signing executive order on easier access to federal funding and investing funds for Native Americans. Gaylord News/Julia Manipella

Biden signs executive order sending U.S. toward a new era of tribal sovereignty

Maddy Keyes December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — The beat of drums echoed off the walls of the Department of the Interior auditorium as members of the Native American Women Warriors Color Guard moved toward the stage with tribal flags...

Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation Building

“Access to capital”: Oklahoma tribes are recipients of federal money to help tribal small businesses

Dacoda McDowell-Wahpekeche June 28, 2023

WASHINGTON – Three Oklahoma tribal nations will receive almost half the initial funding from a new small business initiative from the Biden-Harris Administration announced this week. The Osage, Chickasaw...

Tourists had control of the plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday rather than dueling press conferences as had been the case in last fall’s arguments over the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act.  (Ben Dackiw photo/Gaylord News)

Tribal Win: Native children to stay with Native families, Supreme Court rules

Dacoda McDowell-Wahpekeche June 15, 2023

A preference for Native American families adopting Native children was preserved after the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a landmark Indigenous law. In a decisive 7-2 ruling involving a Fort Worth...

Jill Momaday stands next to a poster honoring her father, Pulitzer Prize-winning Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday, and adjacent to the engraved floor stone near the entrance of the Oklahoma History Center. (Gaylord News Photo/Katie Hallum)

Native American storytelling cemented with N. Scott Momaday ceremony

Katie Hallum June 2, 2023

The importance of Native American storytelling was cemented on Thursday when Oklahoma’s preeminent history museum dedicated a Legacy Stone in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday. Momaday,...

Choctaw artist D.G. Smalling honors Delaware Nation with artwork. Photo courtesy Delaware Nation.

Cherokee Chief Hoskin, other tribal leaders hope to improve Indian Arts and Crafts Act

Blake Mullen May 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — Native American artists say they continue to struggle with the theft of their work, and tribal leaders are urging Congress to strengthen the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. IACA was passed...

Drums at the Voices from the Drum Exhibit at the First Americans Museum. (Gaylord News photo/Jay Toyebo)

Drums represent life, Osage artists say

Jay Toyebo March 28, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Voices from the Drum exhibit at First Americans Museum  is designed to teach about community and spirituality in the Osage Nation. It might look like a typical art exhibition,...

Lane Factor, second from right, with members of the Reservation Dogs cast.  (Photo courtesy FX)

Oklahoma Star Lane Factors Talks Reservation Dogs Television’s Breakthrough of Native American Representation

Annabella Potts March 17, 2023

It will be another five months before the third season of the hit television series “Reservation Dogs,” filmed in Oklahoma airs. But the theme of bringing together classic Native American actors...

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 2, 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...

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