Native American Journalists Association Announce Honorees
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has selected Mary Annette Pember as the recipient of the 2018 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award. Pember is an independent journalist focusing on Native American issues. In her writing and photography, she has covered subjects such as the high rates of sexual assault among Native women, sex trafficking, health, the impact of historical trauma on Native communities, and environmental challenges on Native lands, federal policy issues as well as cultural and spiritual topics. She is also a past President and Executive Director of NAJA. The organization will also honor Mark Trahant as the recipient of the 2018 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award for his Native elections coverage, and dedication to NAJA as a lifetime member and leader of the organization. Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today and was recently elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series and is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors, and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, the Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News. Trahant is a citizen of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the NAJA. The award will be presented during the 2018 National Native Media Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 21st at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami. More here.