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Tribes preparing for vaccine distribution

Cherokee Tribe details its COVID-19 vaccination plan. Source: Cherokee Tribe
December 11, 2020

Two of Oklahoma’s largest tribes are preparing to distribute their first round of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine beginning next week, with other large tribes close behind.  The Cherokee and Chickasaw...

Coronavirus stigma affects pandemic response

A model of the novel coronavirus. Stigma associated with COVID-19 infection has affected how people manage their health and communicate with others. (Gaylord News)
December 11, 2020

When University of Oklahoma student Leslie Miller’s niece realized in the spring she probably had COVEL-19, before it was clear how widespread the pandemic would be, she tried not to talk about it.  Even...

Native Oklahoma Woman’s Prom Dress on Exhibit in Smithsonian 

Caption 1 Dress: Isabella Aiukli Cornell’s 2018 prom dress on display in Smithsonian Girlhood exhibit.  (Gaylord News/Emma Sears)
December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON -- It’s one of the most important events in a teenager’s life, high school prom. For Isabella Aiukli Cornell, her Junior prom in 2018 was about more than just wearing a stylish gown to...

Former Bush campaign manager offers perspective on 2020 election

Joe Allbaugh, former campaign manager and FEMA director under George W. Bush, said political disagreement has become deeply personal, to a point he has not seen in his lifetime. This image is courtesy of a Zoom interview with Gaylord News correspondent Emma Sears.
November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — An Oklahoma native who played a key role in George W. Bush’s 2000 White House bid said President Trump “has every right” to “fight through the legal remedies available to him”...

“We’re not done yet” Kendra Horn announces in concession

Kendra Horn speaks to supporters at the Tower Theater on shortly before midnight on Nov. 3.  Bennett Brinkman/Gaylord News
November 4, 2020

An emotional Kenra Horn told supporters at a campaign watch party in the Tower Theater Oklahoma City, that while she may have lost on Tuesday in her bid for reelection to second term in representing the...

Militia plot against Michigan governor reopens 25-year-old OKC wounds

The Field of Empty Chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum (pictured) symbolizes the 168 people killed in the terrorist bombing on April 19, 1995. Photo courtesy the National Park Service.
October 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — As 13 anti-government militia members await trial on charges related to a kidnapping plot against the governor of Michigan, leaders of an Oklahoma memorial to domestic terrorism victims...

Murdered, missing Indigenous acts signed into law

A young woman observes the
October 11, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Companion bills designed to change the way law enforcement responds to murdered or missing Indigenous women have been signed into law almost symbolically by President Donald Trump on the...

Oklahoma in ‘final sprint’ before census deadline

Native American tribes in Oklahoma are working to increase participation in the census. (Gaylord News Photo)
September 23, 2020

As the Sept. 30 deadline for census responses approaches, a number of Oklahoma groups are working to ensure as many people as possible are counted. Oklahoma currently has a response rate of 93.8%, ranking...

Census awareness raised in immigrant communities despite bureau troubles

Census awareness raised in immigrant communities despite bureau troubles
September 15, 2020

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma may have been spared missing thousands of immigrants in the 2020 census when a federal judge temporarily stopped the Trump administration from ending the census early, according...

Bars, parties and football during a global pandemic

Campus culture on the University of Oklahoma continues to adapt around coronavirus restrictions. Photo courtesy OU.
September 10, 2020

When the University of Oklahoma Sooners kick off their season Saturday night against Missouri State, the stadium will feel empty,  but nearby Campus Corner will not. OU is limiting attendance inside...

Post McGirt, the plan of action remains unsettled

Jurisdictional issues are fairly clear-cut after the McGirt decision with no federal legislation, but they become more muddled with the agreement in principle. Graphic courtesy of Rebecca Nagle, Mary Kathryn Nagle and Carly Griffith Hotvedt.
July 26, 2020

A small chink has emerged in the united front coming from Oklahoma’s tribes and the state Attorney General’s office.  Two of the so-called Five Tribes say they are opposed to an agreement that...

Week in Washington: Net neutrality, 100 days of Democratic House control and black hole

April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s delegation debated net neutrality this week, as Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) criticized the Democrat-backed plan, while Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) applauded it. Here’s what...

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