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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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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...

Ambassador Jonodev Chaudhuri provides his testimony during the hearing. Gaylord News Photo/Beck Connelley.

Federal Committee Hearing Casts Doubt on Castro vs. Huerta Ruling

Beck Connelley September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – A congressional subcommittee investigating the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned decades of Native American law was told Tuesday that the court ignored tribal sovereignty...

Cherokee Chief Chuck Hoskin spoke on his Nation’s shift to abide by the 1866 treaty regarding the citizenship of Freedmen.

State’s largest tribes split over status of descendants of their former slaves

Lauren Green July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma’s five largest tribes on Wednesday spilt on their willingness to comply with terms of treaties signed more than 150 years ago regarding descendants of their former slaves. “They’re...

The Cherokee Nation map of tribal transportation projects labeled completely, in progress, planned and planning.

Cherokee Nation makes history with USDOT transportation compact

Lauren Green June 30, 2022

The Biden administration took another step to improve relations with the nation’s nearly 575 Native American tribes by signing an agreement giving the Cherokee Nation greater control over road improvements...

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

U.S. Supreme Court restores state criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country

Dustan Heistand June 29, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday narrowed the impact of the historic 2020 ruling that restored reservations for six of the state’s Native American tribes. The Court’s decision...

Chilocco Indian School was a federal off-reservation boarding school established to house, civilize, Christianize, educate, and transform American Indian youth. Thousands of Native children and young adults passed under the schools entryway arch. In January 1884, Chilocco opened its doors in 1884 to 150 children from the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Wichita, Comanche, and Pawnee tribes.  It closed in 1980.   Photo courtesy Oklahoma History Center.

Subpoena authority jeopardizes bipartisan support for boarding school Truth and Healing Commission

Dustan Heistand May 28, 2022

Efforts to create a federal commission to explore the legacy of the nation’s Indian Boarding Schools has hit a stumbling block. Subpoena authority is triggering warnings in a key House subcommittee...

The Kaw Nation’s Sacred Red Rock called “Iⁿ ‘zhúje ‘waxóbe, was a place of cultural ceremony and gathering for the Kaw people prior to removal to Oklahoma in 1872. The stone was moved from the Kaw’s homelands near the Kansas River and Shunganunga Creek, just outside Topeka, to Robinson Park in Lawrence, Kan., as part of Lawrence’s 75th anniversary celebration in 1929, and was fitted with a plaque celebrating the pioneers of Kansas. (Photo provided by James Pepper Henry.)

Oklahoma tribes increasingly reclaim out-of-state ancestral homelands: “We Are Still Here”

Nancy Marie Spears May 2, 2022

Tribes across the nation are increasingly buying back or being gifted back property in their ancestral homelands, either to build economic sustainability or to manage cultural preservation sites. Muscogee...

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