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.

Ways to Connect

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's National Library and Archives received $100,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to document citizens' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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More people in the Cherokee Nation will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as the Tribal Nation begins Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan.

Cherokee Nation teachers, childcare workers and head start staff are now eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, along with tribal citizens 55 years and older. Also eligible are infrastructure support and food distribution staff.

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The Vice President of the International Olympic Committee is calling for Jim Thorpe's 1912 decathlon and pentathlon wins to be restored.

As the Senate begins confirmation hearings on President-elect Joe Biden's nominees, more than two dozen Oklahoma tribal leaders are supporting Rep. Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior.

The Chickasaw Nation and Cherokee Nation said Thursday the challenges presented by their expanded criminal boundaries post-McGirt v. Oklahoma are so great they are advocating for the state of Oklahoma to retain jurisdiction over some of those felony of cases.

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The Choctaw Nation is partnering with the Oklahoma State Health Department to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

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What was supposed to be a routine vote to confirm Joe Biden as the next President turned into a violent insurrection of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, and images quickly circulated online of a chaotic standoff between Capitol police and pro-Trump extremists as Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin watched behind the seats of Congress.

A district court in Washington D.C. ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by the Shawnee Tribe in northeast Oklahoma against the U.S. Treasury Department can proceed. The Tribe is suing for millions of CARES act dollars.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the Kiowa Tribe's request to put new land in western Oklahoma into trust for economic development purposes.

The 11.33-acre parcel in Hobart will be used for an entertainment venue, which will include a restaurant, office space and possibly a casino.