Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News

Graham Lee Brewer

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Oklahoma City, OK, United States

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Past articles by Graham:

Indiana boy, 11, dies after fireworks incident, state officials say

The child died while on the way to the hospital, and authorities are investigating the incident, Indiana State Police said. → Read More

Lakota elders helped a white man preserve their language. Then he tried to sell it back to them.

Wilhelm Meya and the Lakota Language Consortium pledged to preserve a Native American language. Their work set off a battle that led the Standing Rock Sioux to banish them. → Read More

U.S. counts Indian boarding school deaths for first time but leaves key questions unanswered

The Interior Department documented more than 500 deaths of Indigenous children, but it's far from a complete count. "We have a long way to go," one expert said. → Read More

Court halts executions of John Marion Grant, Julius Jones in Oklahoma

Oklahoma, a leading death penalty state, was scheduled to put John Marion Grant to death on Thursday, but halted over concerns about the drug midazolam. → Read More

Tribes Push Back Against MLB Claims That Native Americans Approve of Tomahawk Chop

Native American groups pushed back Wednesday against Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s claim that Indigenous communities support the Atlanta Braves’ tomahawk chop. → Read More

Julius Jones' death sentence in 1999 Oklahoma murder should be commuted, panel finds

Julius Jones was sentenced to die for the 1999 shooting death of Paul Howell. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to commute his sentence, but Gov. Kevin Stitt will make a final decision. → Read More

No one knows how many Indigenous women are murdered each year. That makes the deaths hard to stop.

To address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, researchers and experts say authorities need to rethink how they collect crime data. → Read More

Cleveland Guardians' name change isn't the end of fight against racist symbols in sports

Cleveland’s decision to change the name of its baseball team to the Guardians is the latest move to rid major-league sports of racist symbols, but experts say the work is far from done. → Read More

Tulsa's Greenwood neighborhood found prosperity after the 1921 massacre. Then the highways arrived.

A century after the race massacre of 1921, residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma's Greenwood neighborhood say they're still shut out of the district's future. → Read More

Bears Ears is just the beginning (Bears Ears is just the beginning) — High Country News – Know the West

As the Biden administration begins, tribal nations with ties to Utah assert their relationships to the land. → Read More

Tribal leaders respond to the idea of an Indigenous Interior secretary — High Country News – Know the West

Representation is important, and so are policy decisions impacting tribes on the ground. → Read More

How the Supreme Court upended a century of federal Indian law — High Country News – Know the West

Half of Oklahoma is set to become tribal reservations, but what does that mean for crimes committed on those lands? → Read More

American violence in the time of coronavirus (Armed and contagious) — High Country News – Know the West

Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz puts armed ‘reopen’ protests in their historical context. → Read More

The Cherokee Nation once fought to disenroll Gov. Kevin Stitt’s ancestors — High Country News – Know the West

Documents show the Oklahoma governor’s connections to the tribe may have originated in an act of fraud more than 100 years ago. → Read More

This Cherokee congressman is for Trump – and Indian Country (A Cherokee for Trump) — High Country News – Know the West

Markwayne Mullin, who is hard-right and white-passing, may not seem like an Indigenous lawmaker, but he’s no anomaly. → Read More

Stickball: Indigenous women show who’s got game —

Physicality and communication are key elements at the Choctaw Nation’s annual tournament. → Read More

Lingerie company Yandy quietly removes Native American-themed costumes —

Dozens of Native American-themed costumes are no longer available online. → Read More

Can Bacone College reclaim its roots as a center for Native art? (A Radical Return) —

The private college redefined Indigenous art but faces financial and infrastructure challenges today. → Read More

The Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country —

Saturday’s election in the largest Native American tribe could shape policy and law in tribal communities across the country. → Read More

Is a new copyright law a ‘colonization of knowledge’? —

Indigenous oral histories have often been recorded and sold without permission. → Read More