A History of NAJA, Part 3: A lifetime with NAJA

by AJ Earl In 2004, NAJA debuted a new way to support the organization: the lifetime membership. Talahongva said she started discussing the creation of a lifetime membership category with fellow NAJA board member Dan Lewerenz (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska). Lewerenz would succeed Talahongva as NAJA president for a one-year term in 2004. … More A History of NAJA, Part 3: A lifetime with NAJA

A History of NAJA, Part 2: Planning for UNITY and former NAJA President Mark Trahant confronts a U.S. president

by AJ Earl After the roots for NAJA were set down the work began, including the long road toward joining with other organizations of similar goals. The joining together with other groups of similar aims was not an easy task, but the outcome provided some great memories, including the time former NAJA president Mark Trahant… … More A History of NAJA, Part 2: Planning for UNITY and former NAJA President Mark Trahant confronts a U.S. president

A History of NAJA, Part 1: Feathers Become Quills

by AJ Earl Before there was a Native American Journalists Association, there was journalism among Native Americans. In this first installment, we take a look at the early roots of NAJA and the people who seeded — and nurtured — the organization. Native American journalists have a legacy of telling the compelling stories of their communities, … More A History of NAJA, Part 1: Feathers Become Quills

NAJA Member Profile: Tsanavi Spoonhunter, 2015 Student Fellow

My name is Tsanavi Spoonhunter and I am Paiute, Lakota and Northern Arapaho. Although I’m an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, I was raised on the Big Pine Paiute Reservation in Big Pine, California. In December 2017, I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in foreign affairs … More NAJA Member Profile: Tsanavi Spoonhunter, 2015 Student Fellow

NAJA Member Profile: Sarah Liese, 2017 Student Fellow

by Sarah Liese, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians The Native American Journalism Fellowship taught me so much more than I ever could have imagined. As cliché as that sounds, I walked away from the 2017 Excellence in Journalism conference as a more confident individual. I gained lifelong friendships with other Native people from around the … More NAJA Member Profile: Sarah Liese, 2017 Student Fellow