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

Gaylord News

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

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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...

Native American reservations have helped to define Oklahoma. (Courtesy of Oklahoma Department of Transportation)

Oklahoma tribes strike back at critics ahead of Supreme Court arguments

Mikaela DeLeon April 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma’s Five Tribes pushed back against critics of tribal sovereignty last week as the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could solidify the...

Oklahoma Indian Country. (Oklahoma Department of Transportation).

Oklahoma’s tension with tribes attracts attention of western states

Nancy Marie Spears March 3, 2022

While Oklahoma remains in a power struggle with its 39 tribes on criminal jurisdiction and whether Native American reservations still exist, some Western states have been collaborating with their tribes...

An artist’s rendering of the new Cherokee Nation hospital, announced in December, which will replace the 40-year-old W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. Under revisions to the Buy Indian Act, the IHS and BIA were required to create a uniform approach to procurement procedures. The act also has been expanded to all construction, including construction of healthcare facilities.  Photo provided by Cherokee Nation.

Tribal leaders expect economic boost from Buy Indian Act

Mikaela DeLeon February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma tribes are hopeful an update to a century-old law will spur tribal economies and the new rules will create a uniform approach to contracting procedures.  The Buy Indian Act...

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...

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