Allison Herrera

Indigenous Affairs reporter

Allison Herrera joined the KOSU staff in April 2020. She is a radio and print journalist who has worked as a reporter for PRI's The World, as the climate and environment editor for Colorado Public Radio and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.

While at The World, she covered gender and equity for a reporting project called Across Women’s Lives, which focused on women’s rights around the globe. This project took her to Ukraine, where Herrera showcased the country’s global surrogacy industry, and reported on families who were desperate to escape the ongoing civil war that they moved to abandoned towns near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site. In 2019, she received a fellowship from the International Women in Media Fund to report on the issue of reproductive rights in Argentina, a country scarred by the effects of the Dirty War and a legacy of sexual and physical abuse directed towards women.

In 2015 and 2016, Herrera co-created and produced the Localore project Invisible Nations with KOSU. The project included video, radio and live events centered on telling better stories about Native American life in Oklahoma. Invisible Nations received several awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2017, she and her colleague Ziva Branstetter received an Emmy award nomination for their Reveal story “Does the Time Fit the Crime?,” which centered on criminal justice in Oklahoma.

In 2019, Herrera’s story for High Country News and Center for Public Integrity titled "When Disaster Strikes, Indigenous Communities Receive Unequal Disaster Aid" received a Scripps Howard nomination for best environmental reporting along with the One Disaster Away series.

Herrera’s Native ties are from her Xolon Salinan tribal heritage; her family’s traditional village was in the Toro Creek area of the Central California coast.

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The Cherokee Nation donated a record $6.3 million to 107 Oklahoma Public School districts during the tribe's annual Public School Appreciation Day on Wednesday.

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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed that the Cherokee Nation's reservation was never disestablished after Judge Gary L. Lumpkin dismissed charges against 47-year-old Travis Hogner, a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.

Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma

In February, the United States passed the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. The pandemic has hit Indigenous communities particularly hard. In some tribal nations, the virus has taken first language speakers and the culture bearers who hold knowledge that marks the tribal nation's identity. That's especially true for the Kiowa Tribe in Southwest Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University and the tribal nations of Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation and Cherokee Nation have been chosen by NASA to create a STEM program that includes Native American culture in the curriculum.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Health Department

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will lift the state of emergency they declared last year at the start of the pandemic. But even without the order, some safety measures will remain in place.

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Tribal nations throughout Oklahoma continue to expand vaccine access to non-Native Oklahomans and beyond in a collective effort that has helped the state reach one of the country’s highest vaccination rates. 

U.S. Department of Energy

Many tribal nations rely on oil and gas for economic independence. They hope Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will make it easier for them to extract fossil fuels despite her past opposition.

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Last week, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals delivered two monumental rulings affirming the tribal sovereignty of the Chickasaw Nation and the Cherokee Nation. The cases are now part of five Oklahoma tribes' effort to regain their reservations following a historic win in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association's annual conference is still a go. But, some adjustments will be made.