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The latest from our VNN Oklahoma journalists

100th Anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act Commemoration Event to be held June 2

Written By: Brittany Harlow

(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) Rock the Native Vote is organizing in a big way this June, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act.

Read the full story here.

MMIW National Day of Awareness Event Held at Oklahoma Capitol

Written By: Trista Vaughn

(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) Since 2010, May 5 has been recognized as a National Day of Awareness for the thousands of Indigenous people who go missing and are murdered every year.

Read the full story here.

Broken Arrow police discuss services, future needs with residents

Written By: Brittany Harlow

(BROKEN ARROW, Okla.) For a city that receives 139,000 calls for service a year, predicting how a skyrocketing population will impact those numbers over the next 10 years is a tall order. But it’s a necessary one, said Broken Arrow Police Department Chief Brandon Berryhill during a recent community meeting.

Read the full story here.

Intertribal symposium to explore American Indian history and present-day impacts this July

Written By: Rachael Schuit

(TULSA, Okla.) Oklahoma is home to 39 tribes. As the state’s executive branch continues to push back on tribal sovereignty, a significant lack of information and resources regarding Indigenous facts and perspectives surround these issues.

Read the full story here.

Covering our local communities

Filling news gaps one community story at a time.

Covering our local communities

Filling news gaps one community story at a time.

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Founded and Headquartered on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation

Following hundreds of years of assimilation tactics forced upon Indigenous people in Oklahoma, which has caused deep-rooted generational trauma still experienced today, VNN recognizes the need for a path of de-assimilation.

Through news and information, our network aims to provide resources for Tribal citizens to reconnect themselves and their families with their cultural heritage.

Indigenous Owned

Founded and Headquartered on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation

Following hundreds of years of assimilation tactics forced upon Indigenous people in Oklahoma, which has caused deep-rooted generational trauma still experienced today, VNN recognizes the need for a path of de-assimilation.

Through news and information, our network aims to provide resources for Tribal citizens to reconnect themselves and their families with their cultural heritage.

Telling stories no one else is

Following VNN’s in-depth coverage about her abused grandson, Carolyn Ridling said her VNN Journalist was their angel, helping her family when no other news network would. 

“She’s kind, tender-heartedly and came into my life and gave everything she had to help…. Thank you and I will forever be grateful for time you put into Tyler’s case.”

Brittany Harlow reported on the April Wilkens case after more than two decades of media silence. Wilkens is currently serving a life sentence for killing her rapist and abuser.

“Brittany’s uncompromising bravery in exposing and confronting the injustices in my case has truly helped keep my hope alive. By raising awareness of such harrowing women’s social justice issues, Brittany and VNN are endeavoring to make this a better world for all women and ultimately everyone.”

VNN Oklahoma has teamed up with LHRI to report on Allotment Era crimes Tulsa continues to ignore.

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From Adversity To Entrepreneurship Learning Series

In 2022 and 2023, VNN Oklahoma and our community partners held in-person events and produced multiple stories exploring the path from adversity to entrepreneurship, the community benefits of taking that path, and the barriers that stand in the way.

Recognition of our work

What a lot of our newsroom partners heard from the community members they talked to was the real importance of showing up on a regular basis. Brittany Harlow, founder and lead journalist at Verified News Network, focused her interviews on listening to indigenous people in Oklahoma. Read more.

Oklahoma collaborators cover underreported communities, amplify audience engagement

In 2022, OMC distributed NAJA’s project fee to its news organizations producing collaborative coverage of subjects ranging from mental health, marginalized voices or corrections issues in Oklahoma. OMC collaborators described these new projects with show-and-tell updates in monthly meetings this year. Here are some of the highlights: Big If True and VNN Read more.

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VNN Oklahoma

Director and Lead Journalist Brittany Harlow

“After four years in traditional news, I wanted out. I did not like how Indigenous and other underserved communities are ignored or portrayed in a negative light by the news media. My exposure to Native American generational trauma as a news professional became secondhand to my exposure of it as part of an Indigenous-blended family, following my marriage to Kelly Tidwell, CEO of VNN and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Our children are also Muscogee. The work we do is professional but also very personal to our own future generations.”

Brittany Harlow

Learn more about Brittany and the rest of the VNN Oklahoma team here.

VNN Oklahoma News Affiliates

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The Frontier

Mvskoke Media

Streetlight

The Black Wall Street Times

Broken Arrow Sentinel

Osage News

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