NAJA demands CNN apologize for using “something else” to describe Native voters

On CNN’s live election night coverage, an on-air graphic used the phrase “something else” to refer to voters who are not white, Latinx, Black or Asian. This type of language continues the efforts to erase Indigenous and other voters who don’t neatly fall into the race categories listed in the graphic. 

Being Native American is a political classification — not merely a racial background. Native nations have had a government-to-government relationship with the United States since the country’s earliest days. To refer to Indigenous voters as “something else” fails to recognize the sovereignty and political classification of Native voters.

In 2006, CNN supported the development of young Indigenous reporters by donating $50,000 to NAJA’s scholarship program. This type of investment signifies that CNN understands the importance of supporting Indigenous journalists.

NAJA demands CNN issue a public apology and is willing to meet with senior editorial staff to discuss how to improve the network’s coverage of Indian Country. 

In the interim, NAJA encourages CNN’s senior newsroom leadership and staff to utilize its online reporting resource guides moving forward.

20 thoughts on “NAJA demands CNN apologize for using “something else” to describe Native voters

  1. We were never considered humans in the white mans eyes ever since the ships that first landed on these lands. Savages,Animals and now they ran out of names so they refer to us now has ” Somthing Else!”

  2. My Lakota Family wants a public apology On Tv not just email- and someone needs to be held accountable-cnn knows exactly what they are saying – it was said purposely- they are trying to slowly erase us little by little.

    1. Good hopefully it’s a public TV apology its to easy for cnn to write a apology email to just certain group or groups-there email means nothing-not every one use email.

  3. public apology will be suffice able because they need to set the record straight, and a written or an emailed apology won’t reach all Native people, who got offended by CNN’s actions, Assholes.

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