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Friday, October 6, 2023 – The growing strength of Native women in news

Bylines for Native women are increasingly showing up in newspapers and in TV news, adding an important perspective for general readers and viewers. Once virtually absent in mainstream newsrooms, Native women are reporting on hard-hitting political issues and are often driving the narrative on issues important for all Native people. They are winning awards and recognition from established news sources.


Jodi Rave Spotted Bear (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Minneconjou Lakota), founder and director of the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance which publishes news on Buffalo’s Fire

Arlyssa Becenti (Diné), Indigenous affairs reporter and an editor for the Daily Focus at the Arizona Republic

Jill Fratis (Unangan from the Aleut Community of St. Paul), associate news producer for KNBA and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation