Oklahoma History

Rachel Hubbard

According to the 2010 US Census data, more than five million people claimed Native American ancestry. That’s up almost 40% from the last census. It's a big shift from the years people shunned Native identity.  If you can prove you're part of a tribe and the tribe accepts you, it can potentially mean health benefits or help with college tuition.  But, all these new Native people are leading to questions about what it means to be Native within a tribe. 

Quinton Chandler

For the final part of our ghost town series we resurrect the history behind not one but dozens of settlements spread throughout the state. The all black towns of Oklahoma. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports most of these towns were small unorganized rural communities that  are almost all dead and gone. But there are a few left to give us a hazy picture of the past.