As Rob Capriccioso reports, the new “GlobalBlack” section on Huffington post announced this week has Natives wondering why they’re not getting the same attention on the uber popular news blog.
Indian Country Today asked several Native news watchers why they thought Indian Country deserves the same attention
“I think a mainstream media site could feasibly host a Native American section,” said Brian Bull, assistant news editor at Wisconsin Public Radio. “We’re the First Nations… as far as relevancy’s sake, there’s history, politics and financial influence galore within Indian country, which can certainly establish Native people as a relatively small—but significant—demographic.” He noted that there are 565 federally recognized tribes and many state recognized ones with unique and powerful stories to share in every major news-making area.
Native attention has increasingly turned toward the Huffington Post because it’s a news-based website showing major signs of growth and strong financial backing.
“Huffington Post’s site would only benefit from having a Native American section—after all, news should reflect all people regardless of race,” said Lori Edmo-Suppah, editor of the Sho-Ban News, which covers the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. “Currently the public doesn’t know enough about Native people because our news is rarely covered, as many still think our people are in the past.”
Edmo-Suppah said there would “definitely” be enough Indian contributors to make a strong page, and the right person just needs to seek them out. “Information would depend on who is hired to write it and it must be someone who is aware of current and past issues, because Native people always have to remember teachings passed on through culture and traditions.”