Chelsey Luger is a reporter, columnist, and contributing editor for Indian Country Media Network. In her column on ICMN, Luger writes about health and wellness as it applies to Native American and other indigenous communities. She also covers politics, entertainment, and more. Most notably, she broke the Dakota Access Pipeline story for ICMN and for ABC/Univision’s Fusion site, as she was one of the first journalists to begin reporting on the issue in March of 2016.
Luger (Anishinaabe and Hunkpapa/Miniconjou Lakota) was raised in Grand Forks, Belcourt, and Fort Yates, North Dakota; an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa on her mother’s side, and a descendant of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on her father’s side. In 2010, Chelsey Luger graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Native American Studies and History, where she designed a unique course of study focusing on comparative histories of Indigenous Peoples globally. She then worked for two years as a trial preparation assistant in the Special Victims Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City. After deciding that she definitely did not want to be a lawyer, Luger earned her master’s degree in 2013 at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, with a concentration in broadcast and digital media.
Luger’s work has been published with many news outlets, both print and broadcast. She is a former producer and on-air video journalist at NowThis News, contributing to video pieces for NowThis, NBC.com, Today.com, and more. Her articles and op-eds have been published in Al-Jazeera America, the Huffington Post, Fusion, and most frequently, ICMN. Her creative writing has been featured in As Us, a journal for contemporary indigenous women.
In 2014, Chelsey Luger partnered with Anthony “Thosh” Collins (Onk Akimel O’Odham) to co-found an indigenous wellness initiative: Well For Culture. In their work as wellness advocates and functional fitness influencers, Luger and Collins have partnered with many tribes and organizations around the U.S. and Canada (including the Native Wellness Institute, Nike, Adidas, and more) to inspire and encourage holistic health by promoting a blend of concepts like ancestral eating, “earth gym,” cutting edge science, and universal spiritual teachings. Well For Culture has been featured on Native America Calling, Sterlin Harjo’s The Cuts podcast, Abel James’ The Fat Burning Man Show, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and more.