Jourdan Bennett-Begaye Joins Indian Country Today
Indian Country Today has added Jourdan Bennett-Begaye as a Staff Reporter and Producer. The member of Diné Nation previously taught journalism, video production, and theatre at her alma mater, Kirtland Central High School, in New Mexico. Prior to teaching, Bennett-Begaye was a freelance journalist where she wrote stories about protesters opposing the Dakota Access pipeline and contributed for Native Peoples Magazine, MediaShift, and the Diné Community Advocacy Alliance monthly newsletter. The Fort Lewis College graduate, who also has a Master’s from Syracuse University, is the Co-Founder of Survival of the First Voices, an educational festival focused on providing creative opportunities for Native American and First Nations youth. She is a proud member of the Native American Journalists Association and has additionally written for Fan First, The Daily Times, NAJA’s Native Voices News, NPR’s NextGen Radio Project, and The Post-Standard. “It’s been my dream to get closer to Indian Country,” Bennett-Begaye said. “I love everything about us – our humor, disagreements on Indian and Navajo Taco, music (traditional and contemporary), the stories we share, our strive to understand our individual and collective selves and how to heal. I am ecstatic to embrace it all and show you how beautifully complex (and simple) we are.” More here.