Allison Herrera

Indigenous Affairs reporter

Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's 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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KOSU is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in Oklahoma. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a brief with the Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals on Monday to address concerns resulting from the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision.

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Seminole and Muscogee Creek filmmaker Sterlin Harjo has been busy. He's set to write and produce a series for FX called 'Reservation Dogs' with Taika Waititi and he was recently appointed to the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. KOSU's Allison Herrera caught up with him to talk about his latest documentary film, 'Love And Fury.'

The Chickasaw Nation's Head Start program and preschool will have distance learning and virtual instruction for the first nine weeks of the school year.

The nation cited health safety concerns and will affect all four centers in Ada, Ardmore, Sulphur and Tishomingo.

Virtual instruction will begin on August 17. In-person instruction will begin when the community spread of COVID-19 is low enough to ensure the safety of the children.

Appeals Officer Shannon Edwards with the Code of Federal Regulations Court in Anadarko granted a preliminary injunction against the Kiowa Tribe, barring them from using any of their nearly $20 million CARES Act funds until a budget is passed and approved by the council.

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A U.S. District Court judge ruled against Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Tuesday in the dispute over tribal gaming compacts.

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In a 15-0 vote during a regularly scheduled national council meeting on Thursday evening, Muscogee (Creek) Nation restored free press protections for Mvskoke Media, the Tribe's news and information outlet.

Mvskoke Media gained free press protections in 2015, but lost them in 2018. Principal Chief David Hill, who sponsored free press legislation when he was on the council, signed the bill immediately after Thursday’s vote.

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On Monday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced he has formed a new commission in the wake of the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision. The Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty is meant to advise the Governor on jurisdictional issues on criminal, civil and regulatory concerns.

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that the Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation withdrew their support for the agreement in principle the Five Tribes drew up last week. A statement from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says that while they're taking the time to listen to their citizens, they are NOT withdrawing their support for an agreement in principle.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Governor Kevin Stitt did not have the authority to enter into gaming compact agreements with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation. The compacts have been ruled invalid.

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