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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...

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...

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...

Marilyn Vann became the first woman of Freedmen status to be appointed to a board position in the Cherokee Nation tribal government in 2021. She is also president of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association. (Provided)

Cherokee Freedman woman discusses new position, Freedmen rights

Nancy Marie Spears October 28, 2021

Cherokee tribal member and Freedmen descendant Marilyn Vann said a number of factors make her suited for her new position as the tribe’s environmental protection commissioner.  She said she graduated,...

Jackson Perryman, great-grandfather of Sharon Lenzy-Scott, was an original Dawes enrollee. Perryman’s father, Sandy Perryman, came to Indian Territory about 1829. (Provided)

Oklahoma tribes’ Freedmen descendants hopeful for increased care by Indian Health Service

Nancy Marie Spears October 28, 2021

Freedmen descendants in Oklahoma tribes are hoping to see an increase in healthcare access and eligibility by the Indian Health Service.  One Freedmen activist group is continuing the battle for equal...

The upcoming Wilma Mankiller quarter design. (U.S. Mint Department)

Female leaders in Oklahoma tribes say Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller was inspiring

Nancy Marie Spears October 26, 2021

The design has been chosen for the new Wilma Mankiller quarter, the third coin of the American Women’s Quarters program, that will begin circulating in 2022.  The selection of Mankiller, who was...

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

Quapaw Nation’s reservation affirmed as Indian Country under federal law

Nancy Marie Spears, Gaylord News October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON -- The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday that Congress never disestablished the Quapaw reservation. The decision by the appeals court follows the U.S. Supreme...

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.,Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner and other Cherokee Nation leaders including the tribe’s Language Department gather at Sequoyahs Cabin Museum to sign the Sequoyah Day proclamation. (Provided)

Tribal members across Oklahoma reflect on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Nancy Marie Spears October 20, 2021

For Muscogee Nation citizen and Freedman descendant Eli Grayson, Indigenous Peoples’ Day brings a personal upset around the issue of tribal sovereignty.  Grayson, 59 is a retired interior designer...

Indigenous environmental activists and allies protest in front of the White House at the People Vs. Fossil Fuels rally. (Robert Viamontes/Gaylord News)

Oklahoma Indigenous activists urge Biden to declare climate emergency during D.C. rallies

Robert Viamontes October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma Indigenous activists came to the nation’s capital this week to urge President Biden to stop all fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency. Casey Camp-Horinek, councilwoman...

Mining debris is all that remains more than a decade after Picher, Oklahoma, was declared unlivable and evacuated by the U.S. EPA.  (Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality)

Quapaw Tribe awaits action on bill to settle environmental damages

Nancy Marie Spears October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma are awaiting action on legislation that would authorize $137.5 million in payments to conclude a 17-year dispute over the federal government’s mismanagement...

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