NAJA Conference Schedule

National Native Media Conference participants also have the opportunity to sign up for available Native American Nutrition Conference workshops at:

Sunday, Sept. 15

Pre-Conference Workshops

7 a.m. – 8 p.m. NAJA-CNAN Registration Open

8 a.m. -12 p.m. – Getting Smart About Education Data

Those attending the ‘Getting Smart About Education Data’ workshop Sept. 15, need to bring laptops with access to Excel and may try the Open Office platform as an alternative.

Presenters: Joshua N. López, Membership, Data, and Diversity Manager, Education Writers Association; Mc Nelly Torres, former investigative producer for NBC 6 in Miami and co-founder of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting; and Melissa Sanchez, reporter at ProPublica.

On the education beat, numbers are everywhere. And thanks to hard-working reporters, so are education stories made possible by data. From graduation rates to gun violence, data journalism is revealing truths about issues that affect Indigenous populations around the country. Offered by the national Education Writers Association, this workshop will help participants make data a key part of their coverage. Attendees will improve their ability to acquire, manage, analyze, and present data on education while building their overall data journalism skills. Instruction will cover such topics as collecting, inputting and cleaning data; performing statistical functions; and exploring data visualization techniques.

8 – 5 p.m. Environment Journalism 101: Planting the Seeds for Better Indigenous Food Systems

Event now free and replacing the paid event ‘Garden Tour’ (refunds will be issued)

Presenters: Dave Spratt, CEO and Adam Hinterthuer, director of programs, Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources; Blake Jackson, Policy Officer, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas; others TBD 


It is often said that environment stories don’t break, “they ooze.” So how does one go about covering these topics that often have no concrete beginning or end and are stories about economics, environment, politics and culture all at once?

Join the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources as we discuss some lessons learned in our nearly 25-year history before getting out in the field to see some of these stories first-hand. Following a breakfast session, participants will visit the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s brand-new Hocokata Ti cultural center for a tour and discussion about the community’s history as well as its vision for a sustainable future.

We’ll visit Wozupi tribal gardens and walk the grounds as we learn about how the SMSC is promoting nutrition and food access with their certified-organic farm while prioritizing the traditional Native American practices of seed-saving and cultivating medicinal plants.

Participants will enjoy a lunch featuring indigenous ingredients and learn about the Native Farm Bill Coalition and its recent success obtaining unprecedented provisions in the 2018 version of the Farm Bill – which will help build tribal food economies and promote traditional foods and food access. We will wrap up the day with a discussion on “telling environment stories better,” as we talk about how to bring some of the topics we’ve covered back to our own newsrooms.

This workshop is open to attendees of both conferences and IJNR is covering all costs for the day – registration for the workshop, breakfast and lunch, and transportation to the tours.Registration is limited to 30 attendees for this session. Participants should pre-register to attend.

12 – 5 p.m. PRX: Podcasting for Reach

Presenters: Alexandra Blair, Project Manager, PRX; Nikita Shamdasani, Project Coordinator, PRX; Allison Herrera (Salinan), Correspondent, PRI’s The World and NAJA member

Podcasting is booming. More than half of us have heard at least one, and one in five listen regularly. There’s a good chance your organization is thinking of starting a podcast, or has at least wondered about it. You may be wondering, if we start a podcast, how do we make it stand out from the more than 650k shows out there? This interactive training session, led by PRX’s podcast training team, will help you sort out some key early decisions you will want to make, and identify ways your news organization can create a podcast that’s meaningful for your audience.

12 – 4 p.m. Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) / NAJA Indigenous Investigative Collective (IIC) Workshop

Presenters: Moderator: Jorge Luis Sierra, Founder / President, Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers; Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), NAJA President and Tribal Affairs Editor at High Country News; Francine Compton (Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation), Executive Producer, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network; and Emily Schwing, reporter, Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting

Protecting your work, your sources and whistle blowers against prying eyes is not easy in a digital world where hackers and spies are king. This session covers encryption, PGP, secure drops, Tails, and other tools for protecting your email, your computer and your research. You will learn the best security practices and the healthiest security hygiene every journalist must have to reduce cyber-risk in hostile environments.

Jorge Luis Sierra works at the intersection of cyber security, technology and investigative journalism. He co-founded and heads the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, a non-profit organization dedicated to develop quality investigative journalism in border areas affected by corruption and violence. He leads global projects to promote freedom of expression, innovation and technology use for data protection, analysis, visualization, and citizen engagement.  

Emily Schwing, reporter for Reveal, a radio show and podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, will talk about what producers and editors look for in a good investigative story. She’ll examine some of the pitfalls and problems in investigative work and the editorial, legal and vetting process.

6 – 8 p.m. NAJA-CNAN Opening Night Reception

Relax and mingle with attendees, members and guests of NAJA and CNAN for a joint opening night reception with local fare and Indigenous foods. All registered conference attendees from NAJA and CNAN are welcome to attend.

Keynote: Norma Kassi (Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation), Co-Research Director, Canadian Mountain Network and Co-Founder and Director of Indigenous Collaboration, Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research

Monday, Sept. 16

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. NAJA-CNAN Registration Open

7 – 8 a.m. NAJA-CNAN Breakfast

8 – 8:30 a.m. NAJA-CNAN Opening Ceremony

Drum group: Iron Boy, Prior Lake, MN
Honor Guard: Sisseton-Wahpeton Kit Fox Society, South Dakota
Jesse Chase, Chair, Seeds of Native Health, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community; Joan Gabel, President, University of Minnesota; Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), President, Native American Journalists Association; Nikki Farago (Seneca), Assistant Commissioner of Children and Family Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services

9-10:15 a.m. Finding Audiences for Indigenous Food Coverage – Podcasts

Presenters: Moderator: Andi Murphy (Navajo), host and producer of the Toasted Sister Podcast; Denisa Livingston, Slow Food International and Diné Community Advocacy Alliance

The Native food sovereignty movement takes place beyond just the kitchen. Native chefs are showcasing Indigenous ingredients across the country and across the world, advocates are teaching Native people the importance of traditional diets and tribes are using their land, resources and sovereignty to bring back and protect important Indigenous foods. This session will explore social media and other technologies for informing food sovereignty strategy and for reaching new audiences.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Pitch Perfect

Presenters: Moderator: Anna V. Smith, Assistant Editor and Graham Brewer (Cherokee), Contributing Editor for High Country News Tribal Affairs Desk; Chiara Sottile (Karuk), Producer and Reporter, NBC News; Jason DeRose, Western Bureau Chief & Senior Editor for Religion and LGBTQ, NPR

Learn how to pitch for national and regional outlets with representatives from High Country News, NBC News and NPR. Session will also address negotiating for ethical coverage of Indian Country with mainstream newsrooms.

This session is sponsored by NBCUniversal.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Are Urban Education Systems Serving Native Students?

Presenters: Kurrinn Abrams (Seneca Nation of Indians), Education Specialist, National Indian Education Association; Katrina Boone, Senior Analyst, Bellweather Education Partners; Phil Gover (Pawnee), Founder, Sovereign Community School and Director, Sovereign Schools Project; Terri Bissonette (Gnoozhekaaning Anishinaabe), Founder, American Indian Academy of Denver (invited); Leroy Saiz, Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies, Colorado State University (invited)

More than 7 of 10 American Indians live in urban settings, yet Native students are too often rendered invisible in urban schools. The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) studied urban communities across the country to assess how their schools are measuring up for Native students. Join NIEA researchers, Native education experts and school leaders as they discuss the barriers to access, and opportunities for success, that urban systems are providing their Native students—and how Native education advocates can work to change the game. Attendees will be provided with an assets-based assessment tool to better understand the education landscape in your community.

This session is sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation.

12 – 2 p.m. NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting (Ticketed Event)

Presenters: Rebecca Landsberry (Muscogee Creek), NAJA Executive Director and Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), NAJA President; Keynote speaker will be Tim Giago (Oglala Lakota), NAJA founder and editor of Native Sun News Today.

Join leaders and fellow members of the Native American Journalists Association for lunch and networking during the annual business meeting on Monday, Sept. 16 from 12-2 p.m. Attendees will review NAJA’s accomplishments over the past year, and the organization will present the 2019 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award. An informal meet-and-greet with NAJA Board of Directors candidates will follow.

Conference attendees must have a ticket to attend this event. NAJA members may RSVP for free. Tickets are available for $50 each for non-members and may be purchased online in advance or on site at the registration desk (limited availability).

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Native People Count: Why the 2020 Census Matters for Native Agriculture, Food, Health, and Voting

Presenters: Moderator: Dan Lewerenz (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska), Staff Attorney at the Native American Rights Fund and former NAJA President; James Tucker, Attorney at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP; Blake Jackson (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Policy Officer and Staff Attorney at the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative; Sonya Tetnowski (Makah Indian Tribe), Executive Director of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley and Vice President of the National Council of Urban Indian Health

This moderated panel discussion will examine the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census for both on-reservation and off-reservation Indians, with an eye toward generating story ideas that NAJA members can take back to their communities. The Census touches on almost every aspect of American life, and is particularly important for programs funded by Congress, including Native programs. Our panelists will both cover the basics, and talk in-depth about how the Census will affect Native people and communities.

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Google News Tools: Search, Maps and Data Visualization

Presenters: Daniel Petty, Director of Audience Development, MediaNews Group

You may think you know everything there is about how to use Google. It’s just searching the web, right? Type in some words and go? In reality, there’s so much more. Join us for a two-hour session looking at how you can get better at searching with Google. We’ll showcase techniques for verifying content and honing in on hard-to-find information. We’ll also cover how you can find great stories with Google Trends, and how you can create quick maps for simple data visualization using Google tools.

This session is sponsored by Google News Initiative.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Exploring Native American Led Water Collaboration and Coordination Initiatives

Presenters: Moderator: Tanya Trujillo, Lower Basin Program Director, Colorado River Sustainability Campaign, and leadership team, Colorado River Basin Water and Tribes Initiative; Michael Conner (Tiwa) partner, WilmerHale; and Jodi Archambault (Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota), Director of Indigenous Peoples Initiatives at Wend Ventures and former special assistant to President Obama for Native American Affairs on the White House Domestic Policy Council

Water scarcity in the West, and water quality nationwide are the issues of our time.  This panel discussion will feature representatives from tribes who are helping lead the way in some of the most challenging conservation work of our time.  We will specifically explore issues including:
•    How do Native American communities and tribes have substantive representation in negotiations between NGO experts, cities, states, and federal actors?
•    What are the levers for helping to decide how much water any community – tribal, or others – can use, and how do we ensure that both the environment and communities can thrive together?
•    How and where can we best elevate empower Native American voices to be fully represented in the media and other public conversations about water conservation?

This session is sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation.

6:30 – 8 p.m. Joint NAJA-CNAN Reception + The Sioux Chef

Relax and mingle with attendees, members and guests of NAJA and CNAN for a joint dinner with local fare and Indigenous foods. All registered conference attendees from NAJA and CNAN are welcome to attend.

Presenters: Lea Zeise (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Intertribal Agriculture Council; Keynote: Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota Sioux), founder of The Sioux Chef

Tuesday, Sept. 17

6 – 7 a.m. Morning Movement Yoga

Beginner-level class that blends traditional Hatha Yoga Flow with the neuromuscular re-education principals of Somatics. Megan Forcia (Bad River Band of Ojibwe), Native Programs Coordinator, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, University of Minnesota

7 a.m. – 3 p.m. NAJA-CNAN Registration

7 – 8 a.m. NAJA-CNAN Breakfast

9 – 10 a.m. OsiyoTV: Creating Award-Winning Video Content for the Cherokee Nation

Presenter: Jennifer Loren (Cherokee), Executive Producer, Host and Senior Manager at Cherokee Nation Businesses

“Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” is a documentary-style show and winner of several journalism and documentary film awards. These include five Heartland Emmy Awards and best short documentary at the 2018 LA Skinsfest. The program is 100 percent funded by the tribe. In this program, we teach participants how we created the show, how we are expanding our content and distribution and the steps we take to protect content from political influence.

9 – 10 a.m. Reporting on Indigenous Art

Presenters: Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo), Host and Producer, Native America Calling; Charlie Clark (Choctaw), Public Relations, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

This session will build skills on reporting different Native American art disciplines and will call upon the booming art scene of the Twin Cities for first person perspective. When Indigenous stories start to surface from Native artists, discussions on culture, politics, social justice, food sovereignty and current events start to bloom. Attendees will hear from artists about their intent and message to change thinking or provide space for Indigenous people to see their own reflection in the world and cover what happens when the Native perspective is missing in curation and leads to insensitive displays. Journalists will be encouraged to consider art as a different lens to cover the daily news grind of politics, law, social justice and health.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CATV/FNX: TV Studio in a Box…or Smartphone

Presenters: Darren Brown (Cochiti Pueblo), Producer and Host, Cheyenne Arapaho Television (CATV) and Frank Blanquet (Mayan), Producer / Director, First Nations Experience Television / KVCR Television

Everyone knows how to “point and shoot,” but there’s SO MUCH more to learn. Hear from two long-time TV professionals who have kinda figured it out. Participants will learn best practices regarding video and audio recording with smartphones or other mobile devices and how to use low-cost options for shooting, editing and producing broadcast quality stories for their organizations.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. ASU: Covering Health Disparities in Indian Country

Presenters: Pauline Arrillaga, ASU Cronkite School Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Professor of Practice

Health disparities between Native communities and the larger U.S. population are clear: American Indians and Alaska Natives have shorter life expectancies and higher rates of many health conditions. This workshop will offer tools and tactics for reporting on these disparities, including the use of health data, ethical considerations and solutions journalism.

This session is sponsored by Arizona State University.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. NAJA-CNAN Joint Lunch

Presenters: Lea Zeise (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), Intertribal Agriculture Council

Mingle with attendees, members and guests of NAJA and CNAN for a joint lunch featuring local fare and Indigenous foods. All registered conference attendees from NAJA and CNAN are welcome to attend.

1 – 2 p.m.  Fond du Lac Ojibwemowining: Engaging Indigenous Youth and Communities through Media

Presenters: Lyz Jaakola (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College Ojibwemowining Center Director; Jeremy “JG” Gardner, Studio Coordinator; Anishinaabe youth representatives

Participants will learn about media produced by tribal college students and staff. Campus news videos, newspapers, ITV courses, posters, Facebook Live streams and other social media skills development happens on campus in a variety of modes. Students produce events and media with or for campus programs such as FDLTCC’s Environmental Institute (Food Sovereignty & Traditional Ecological Knowledge), law enforcement, athletics, human services and American Indian Studies (cultural teachings). Presenters will discuss ways that participants can use mobile devices and smart phones for immediate and polished media production.

1 – 2 p.m. Media Relations and the Indian Health Service

Presenters: Josh Barnett (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Indian Health Service and Tony Aaron Fuller (Colville Confederated Tribes), Public Affairs Specialist, Indian Health Service

The public affairs staff at the Indian Health Service works with tribal media outlets throughout Indian Country as well as local and national media serving the general population to provide the information on the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. In this workshop, participants will learn how to access information, set up media interviews, and meet deadlines with the help of the IHS public affairs team. Participants will receive hands-on training and access information from the federal health care provider across environmental health, food safety, and water quality programs.

2 – 3 p.m. NAJA Exhibitor Exclusive

Stop in for coffee and refreshments in the 2019 National Native Media and Nutrition Expo. Attendees can recharge, pick up swag and chat with exhibitors. Looking for a new gig? Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and meet with recruiters from mainstream and tribal media outlets across the U.S., looking to hire Indigenous talent.

3 – 4:30 p.m. Film Screening: Gather – Covering Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Presenters: A-dae Briones (Cochiti/Kiowa), Twila Cassadore (San Carlos Apache Tribe), Sanjay Rawl and Kim Baca (Navajo/Santa Clara Pueblo)

As more journalists enter the realm of covering Indigenous food sovereignty issues, coverage is beyond the basic business story. First Nations Development Institute, a nonprofit investing in and creating innovating models that strengthen Indigenous asset control and support economic development, and Illumine Films uncover the complexities of covering food security and control of Native agriculture systems using examples from the groups’ documentary film and journalism project, Gather.

5 – 6:30 p.m. NAJA-CNAN Poster Session and Reception

Mingle with attendees, members and guests of NAJA and CNAN for a joint reception featuring local fare and Indigenous appetizers. All registered conference attendees from NAJA and CNAN are welcome to attend this event.

6:30 – 8 p.m. Film Screening: Growing Native

Presenters: Stacey Thunder (Red Lake and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe), host of the “Great Lakes” episode and Shirley Sneve (Sicangu Lakota), Executive Producer

Growing Native is a four-part television series focusing on reclaiming traditional knowledge and food ways to address critical issues of health and wellness, the environment and human rights. Growing Native will focus on tribes, stories and events from four geographic regions, including Alaska, Oklahoma and Northwest and Great Lakes regions. Across the country, Native people are regaining health and strength through the recovery and revitalization of traditional knowledge systems of land, language, traditional arts and health. All registered conference attendees from NAJA and CNAN are welcome to attend this event.

7 – 8 p.m. SomaYoga for the Office

A chair-based yoga class that teaches practical relaxation techniques. No special props or equipment necessary! Megan Forcia (Bad River Band of Ojibwe), Native Programs Coordinator, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, University of Minnesota

8 – 10:30 p.m. NAJA TwoShoes Pool Tournament (RSVP / Ticketed Event)

2019 Two Shoes Pool Tourney Logo

Join fellow NAJA members for the second annual Two Shoes Pool Tourney, a fundraising drive in honor of Minnie Two Shoes, on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Shooters Billiard Club & Pub, located at 1934 State Hwy 13, in Burnsville, MN 55337 from 8-10 p.m. The format will be an 8-ball tournament with brackets for singles and doubles competitions. Brackets will be created on site at the event, based on pre-registration and at-the-door attendance. All proceeds will benefit the NAJA Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF) and Pathways Scholarships.

Transportation is not provided and the pool hall is a 30-minute Uber, Lyft or taxi ride away, so carpooling is encouraged. Participants do not have to be a registered conference attendee to compete in or attend this event. Tickets are available in advance through Eventbrite or at the door for $50 each.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

6 – 7 a.m. SomaYoga for the Office

A chair-based yoga class that teaches practical relaxation techniques. No special props or equipment necessary! Megan Forcia (Bad River Band of Ojibwe), Native Programs Coordinator, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, University of Minnesota

7 – 11 a.m. NAJA-CNAN Registration Open

7-8 a.m. NAJA-CNAN Breakfast

8-9:15 a.m. Solutions Journalism Network: What’s Working in Indian Country?

Moderator: Moderator: Mary Annette Pember (Ojibwe), independent journalist and former NAJA President; Sarah Gustavus, Solutions Journalism Network; Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee), This Land podcast; and Graham Lee Brewer (Cherokee), Contributing Editor, High Country News Tribal Affairs Desk

Pen_Box_lrgThe solutions journalism approach offers tools and strategies for reporters to tell meaningful stories in their community that highlight resilience and strength while pushing back against the dominant, negative narratives in mainstream media about Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Participants will start with a brief overview of the solutions journalism approach and the tools and questions that will help journalists strengthen their research and reporting. The majority of the session will take place in small groups with time to give and receive feedback about how to overcome challenges related to data, records requests and sourcing that will help reporters pursue rigorous stories that examine responses to problems across Indian Country. Participants should come with a short list of issues or ideas they might want to explore through solutions reporting.

This session is sponsored by Pen America.

9-10:15 a.m. Mythbusters: Free Press in Indian Country Episode

Moderator: Jodi Rave SpottedBear (Mandan-Hidatsa and Lakota) Founder / Director, Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance; Angel Ellis (Muscogee Creek), Reporter, Mvskoke Media; Benny Polacca (Hopi), Senior Reporter, Osage News

How possible is the reality of independent journalism? Let’s share experiences and successes with free press experts from across Indian Country. Participants will help each other find workable solutions toward obtaining freedom of the press in Indian Country.

10:30-11:45 a.m. Facebook Instagram Story School

Presenter: Danielle Noriega, Facebook Strategic Partner Development

Whether you’re new to Facebook and Instagram Stories or a seasoned pro, this fun and interactive workshop shows you how to maximize the in-app toolkit for creative reporting and storytelling. Learn the latest Stories hacks, review best practices on how to use FB and IG stories together, and get inspired by best-in-class examples in this hands-on session.

10:30-11:45 a.m. ASU + ICT: Student-Powered Coverage of Indian Country

Presenters: Moderator: Rebecca Blatt, Assistant Dean, ASU Cronkite School; Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), Editor, Indian Country Today; and Taylor Notah (Navajo Nation), Senior Editor, Turning Points Magazine

Students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication produce daily coverage of Indian Country, distributed regionally and nationally by partner media organizations including Indian Country Today. Learn how this model can be adapted and adopted to provide deep experience for students and build capacity for Indian Country coverage.

1 – 2 p.m. APTN Covering Turtle Island: Reporting Across Borders

Moderator: Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock), Editor, Indian Country Today; Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), Associate Editor, High Country News and NAJA President; Francine Compton (Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation), Executive Producer, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network; Duncan McCue (Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Indigenous journalists are coming together and strengthening ties to amplify our collective voice across Turtle Island. The panel will discuss the parallels in our news coverage and why it’s important for Indigenous Journalists to unite and expand our network.

2-3:30 p.m. Going Viral: Leveraging Social Media to Amplify Indigenous Stories

Presenters:  DeLanna Studi (Cherokee), Chair of SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee, Film and Broadway actor; Briana Bierschbach, Political Reporter, Minnesota Public Radio; Evan Frost, Photojournalist, Minnesota Public Radio; Matt Mikus, Digital Producer, Minnesota Public Radio; Jayne Bower, Broadcast Business Rep SAG-AFTRA

Remember the death defying raccoon that scaled a Saint Paul high rise? Reporting important, intriguing and interesting stories is the first step. Using digital platforms and social media to reach and engage the largest audience possible is the critical next step for today’s journalist. Advice and best practices from award-winning MPR journalists whose work has captured attention and imaginations in the Midwest and beyond. The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)  presents this tutorial on “going viral.”

This session is sponsored by SAG-AFTRA.

6-7 p.m. NAJA President’s Reception

Join NAJA leadership from 6-7 p.m., to enjoy light appetizers and refreshments during the NAJA President’s Reception with Tristan Ahtone and the NAJA Board of Directors. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of the NAJA Silent Auction.

7-10 p.m. NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet (Ticketed Event)

Celebrate local Indigenous culture and the work of fellow NAJA members across Indian Country during the annual National Native Media Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 7-10 p.m. Attendees can bid on Native American art, vacation packages and tribal items beginning at 7 p.m. All proceeds will support scholarships for Native American students pursuing degrees in media. The Native Pride Dancers out of St. Paul, Minnesota and hoop dancer Erin Tapahe will provide the evening’s entertainment.

Conference attendees must have a ticket to attend this event. Tickets are $85 each and may be purchased online in advance or on site at the registration desk (check for availability).