We are working hard to make history. Again.
On election night we did a "first ever," a national broadcast covering Native candidates across the country. It was a big night for candidates, but it was also a big win for Native journalism.
As I wrote to the staff the next morning: “If anyone in a news company ever, ever says, ‘I can’t find anyone’ when hiring … I will make them sit and watch all five hours. The talent from Indian Country is amazing.”
Now we are working to create a national video newscast. (Along the lines of our election report.) I think this will go a long way toward creating a national conversation about Indian Country — and give us a voice in ways that have not been possible before.
Study after study says the same thing: one of Indian Country’s greatest challenges is our invisibility. Sure some people can tell you about conflict. Or a casino. But ask about our success stories or heroes — and you will get a blank stare.
So we need to change the story. We need to make sure that more voices -- voices from Indian Country -- are included in the nation’s discourse.
How can you help?
Be our partner in this enterprise. Post our stories in your social media feeds. Spread the word about our spring drive and contribute what you can to our fundraising campaign. You can sign up for a recurring donation or just click and send one-time support.
Our “business” model is public media. We provide a free news service to readers and to tribal media (because they can use any of our stories in their publications for free). To make that work we need support from you, the readers.
Our goal for this spring fundraising drive is $100,000. We will let you know how we’re doing along the way.
Thank you. Mark Trahant, editor, Indian Country Today.
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Or mail a donation directly to Indian Country Today, Embassy of Tribal Nations, 1516 P Street NW, Washington, DC 2005.