NAJA calls for volunteers after Cheyenne Arapaho tribal complex fires

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 02/03/2015

NORMAN, Okla., -- Fires have destroyed the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal Complex in Concho, Oklahoma, claiming three structures, including NAJA tribal media member outlet, the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal Tribune, the official publication of the Cheyenne Arapaho tribes. 

Fire crews began combating flames on the tribal complex, at the newspaper offices, courthouse and a maintenance barn around 2:15 a.m., Tuesday, according to reports. The Cheyenne Arapaho TV 47 offices are located one block south of the buildings that were burned and were not damaged. No injuries have been reported.

A second investigation is underway after a tanker crashed into the Cheyenne Arapaho Economic Development Center around the same time as the fires.

Local police and fire agencies, in addition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, are responding to both reports. It is currently unknown whether these events are related.    

NAJA has reached out to our members at the Tribal Tribune and CATV47 to lend support and resources from the national office located on campus at the OU Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Norman, Oklahoma.  

NAJA is asking members in the region who are able, to consider volunteering during an upcoming community cleanup day to assist the newspaper staff in restoring their newsroom after Tuesday 's fire.

Volunteers may sign up using this form: http://goo.gl/forms/FDvWPzUEPh. More information on the event will be provided, as it becomes available.

See local coverage of the fires here:

http://www.news9.com/story/28008808/courthouse-newspaper-office-and-barn-set-on-fire-in-concho

http://newsok.com/fires-in-concho-oklahoma-tribal-buildings-reported-tuesday/article/5390145

http://www.koco.com/news/three-buildings-damaged-by-early-morning-fire/28031474

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b4224e17720348e8a0e82f842c935c3c/OK--Concho-Fires/

http://www.ktul.com/story/28010801/3-cheyenne-arapaho-tribal-buildings-in-concho-burn

http://www.news9.com/story/28013522/crews-respond-after-truck-crashes-into-building-in-concho