NPR: Please Hire an Indian Country Correspondent

NPR: Please Hire an Indian Country Correspondent

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Dylan Hedden-Nicely started this petition to National Public Radio

Tribal communities, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous groups from what is today known as the United States have a history that is wholly unique to any other group of people. Today, there are 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States. These tribal communities enjoy a sovereign government-to-government relationship with the United States that is unlike any relationship elsewhere in the world.  Further, tribes are increasingly in the public eye as they continue to grow their economies and exert their sovereign rights.  In the past few years, tribes and tribal people have played a central role in some of our nation's most important new stories, including the Dakota Access Pipeline and Bears Ears National Monument. 

Many important stories involving tribal communities throughout North America occur every day.  In recognition of this, a few news outlets have opened tribal bureaus, including High Country News and the Canadian Broadcasting Company.  However, most of the mainstream media in the U.S. fails to adequately cover the news from Indian Country.  As a result, the issues affecting tribal communities remain largely obscure to the majority of Americans.  This causes tribal communities remain one of the most underrepresented groups in our collective consciousness, resulting in cycles of neglect, poverty, and violence. 

Given the unique history, situation, and rights of tribal communities, we believe that the contemporary issues facing tribal communities deserve special attention.  We also believe that National Public Radio is uniquely situated to fill the gap in the American consciousness regarding tribal communities.  Accordingly, we respectfully request that NPR hire an correspondent that specifically covers tribal communities and set aside dedicated airtime on its flagship programs for issues affecting Indian Country. 

 

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