2019 Board Candidates

Online voting for NAJA board of directors opens Sept. 3

In accordance with article VIII of the Native American Journalists Association by-laws, candidates for the 2019 NAJA board of directors election have been finalized.

Online voting will be open Sept. 3-17, 2019. Current NAJA members will receive a unique link in their NAJA email for online voting prior to the on-site election. Members may only cast one vote per person, either online or in-person. All votes will be verified so there are no duplicates.  

In-person voting

In-person voting for the board election will be Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the NAJA voting booth located outside of the Isanti Ballroom in coordination with the 2019 National Native Media Conference (NNMC) in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Meet and Greet

An informal candidate meet and greet will be held following the 2019 NAJA Membership Luncheon Monday, Sept. 16, from 12-2 p.m. View more information about the luncheon in the conference schedule here. 

Tripp Crouse

CrouseAs the news and public affairs producer for 90.3 KNBA, I’m the lead news reporter for the urban Indigenous radio broadcast station in Anchorage, Alaska. Primarily, I focus on Indigenous issues and policies as they affect Alaska Native, First Nations and Indigenous people.

I also helped build KNBA’s news programming from the ground up after the department was dark for a year-and-a-half following the previous news director’s retirement. This includes re-establishing daily newscasts and an increased presence online and on social media.

I’ve also lead coverage and reporting on Koahnic’s broadcast of the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention, the largest gathering of Alaska Natives in the world. I’m also already working toward recruitment of a top-tier staff to cover the 2019 convention in October.

In November 2018, I was an election night producer for Indian Country Today, National Native News and First Nations Experience (FNX) during their first-in-the-nation national broadcast of Election Night in Indian Country.

I also represent Alaska and serve as the current chair for the Station Advisory Committee for Native Public Media.

As an Ojibwe person and maternally descended from the Lac Courte Oreille Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, my specific focus is helping Alaska Native and Indigenous people tell their story from their perspective – to a broader audience.

I’m a firm believer that Indigenous people should be telling their stories and see other Indigenous faces in the news media.

Increased representation and visibility will help to introduce Native and non-Native audiences to the notion that Indigenous culture, language and values are still alive and present in today’s world.

Avis Little Eagle

Little EagleI am the mother of five children, grandmother of 13 grandchildren and I reside in the Bear Soldier District on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Graduated Sitting Bull College, AAS in Office Technology 1987; National College of Business – Accounting; Black Hills State University – Mass Communications with a Minor in Native Studies.

Worked for Lakota Times, Indian Country Today, Lakota Journal for 14 years; Worked as News Director/Asst. Manager KLND Radio for 1 year; Publisher of Teton Times for 17 years

I have served on Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council 14 years – as Bear Soldier Council Representative, Vice Chairwoman of SRST, Councilwoman-at-large

I have served on the Native American Journalists Association Board of Directors; Grand River Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors; Pierre Indian Learning Center Board of Directors; KLND Board of Directors; United Tribes Technical College Board of Directors; Health Education and Welfare Committee; Judicial Committee and Economics Committee of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; TERO board while on Tribal Council and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Water Control Board and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Telecom Board of Directors and most recently Sitting Bull College Board of Trustees and Standing Rock Development Corporation.

Christine Trudeau

TrudeauChristine Trudeau is a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Currently, Trudeau is a 2018/2019 Investigative Fellow with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she is looking into voter ID laws in North Dakota. For the past two years, she worked at KYUK public radio, covering 56 Tribal communities off the road system, in Southwest Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Wildlife Refuge.