High Country News wins 19 National Native Media Awards

For the past two years, we’ve built a tribal affairs desk that centers Native voices for a Native audience.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 11, 2019

Jolene Nenibah Yazzie
High Country News’ writers and photographers received eight first-place awards, nine second-place awards and two third-place awards for its coverage of tribal affairs for the Native American Journalists Association 2019 National Native Media Awards on July 10, 2019.

The Native American Journalists Association works to serve and empower Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. Each year, NAJA recognizes members’ coverage of Indian Country at the National Native Media Awards.

High Country News earned awards in both the professional and associate categories for publications with a circulation of 10,000 readers or more.

“For the past two years, High Country News has been building a tribal affairs desk dedicated to in-depth journalism, Indigenous voices and Indigenous readers,” said Brian Calvert, editor-in-chief at the publication. “A big thanks to every journalist who worked with us this year, and to our readers for their ongoing support of this groundbreaking coverage.”

The following stories and photos received awards.

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

Print – Best Feature Story
First Place
Julian Brave NoiseCat
A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban

Online – Best Column
Second Place
Graham Lee Brewer
Indian Country

Online – Best News Story
First Place
Tristan Ahtone
National Congress of American Indians Roiled by Claims of Harassment and Misconduct

Second Place
Graham Lee Brewer
Study of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Highlights Police Data Failures

Online – Best Feature Story
First Place
Allison Herrera
Who can adopt a Native child?

Second Place
Julian Brave NoiseCat
A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban

Print / Online – Best Editorial (Monthly / Semimonthly)
First Place
Amanda Blackhorse
Stop selling costumes that sexualize Indigenous women

Second Place
Matthew Fletcher
Why Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t good for Indian Country

Print / Online – Best Environmental Coverage
First Place
Cary Rosenbaum
When Atlantic salmon escape in the Pacific, who cleans up?

Third Place 
Deb Krol
A shrinking supply of abalone shells affects coastal tribes

Print / Online – Best Health Coverage (Monthly / Semimonthly)
Third Place
Rebecca Nagle
What the Violence Against Women Act could do in Indian Country — and one major flaw

Print / Online – Best News Photo (Daily / Weekly)
Second Place
Jolene Yazzie
Willie Grayeyes gazes across Paiute Canyon

Print / Online – Excellence in Beat Reporting (Monthly / Semimonthly)
Second Place
Graham Lee Brewer
Reporting in Indian Country

ASSOCIATE CATEGORY

Print / Online – Best Feature Photo 
First Place
Brian Adams
One Inuit family’s life, straddling national borders: A brown bear at the dump in Aklavik

Second Place
Clarke Tolton
The metalheads of the Navajo Nation: Laurence Tsosie, in the back of a truck

Print / Online – Best Feature Story
Second Place
Elena Saavedra Buckley
A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force

Print / Online – Best News Story 
Second Place
Elena Saavedra Buckley
Standing Rock’s countdown to election day

Print / Online – Best Environmental Coverage
First Place
Anna V. Smith
How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River

Print / Online – Best Coverage of Native America
First Place
Anna V. Smith
Series

For almost 50 years now, High Country News has reported the stories of the American West that are often overlooked by larger media outlets. The nonprofit news organization has won numerous awards over the years, including the Utne Media Award, the George Polk Award, the Science in Society Award, the Society of Environmental Journalists Award, and many others.

For more information about High Country News, contact Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert at [email protected].

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