Native American Newspapers: Telling Uncomfortable Truths In Tribal Journalism


| November 29, 2000

Native American Newspapers: Telling Uncomfortable Truths In Tribal Journalism, Mark N. Trahant, Media Studies Journal
A reporter for the Seattle Times and a member of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock tribe, Mark Trahant writes about his encounters with censorship while working on tribal newspapers. In a well-written personal essay--published as part of a series on 'courage in journalism' in the Media Studies Journal--Trahant notes how important independent voices are to Native American culture, and how hard they are to maintain. 'Native American communities have a rich history of discourse--even when the truth expressed makes us uncomfortable. It is this heritage that keeps the best Native American journalists going, knowing that they provide tribal members with solid information and discussion. It's a way of working directly for their people, their readers.' In the end, Trahant admonishes tribal leaders who compromise freedom of speech for their own agendas.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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