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NAJA celebrates Native American Heritage Month

November 1st, 2014 All Day - November 30th, 2014

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month in November, the Native American Journalists Association will highlight 2014 National Native Media Awards general excellence winners. 

NAJA will feature a different tribal media outlet and first place awardee each week during November. The general excellence category is judged on coverage of Native American issues, layout, design, adherence to AP style and overall readability. 

NAJA recognizes the efforts of all tribal media in advancing Native communities through journalism. At the end of the month, all of the featured outlets' information will be shared on the NAJA blog.

Division I - Print

Tribal Tribune

Pictured left to right are Tribal Tribune staff: LeAnn Bjerken, Shane Moses, Cary Rosenbaum and Justus Caudell.

The Tribal Tribune is the official publication of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the largest employer in north-central Washington. The five-person staff, which placed first in general excellence in Division I, operates out of Nespelem, Washington and has a coverage area of 1.4 million acres with four districts.

The monthly publication is free to tribal members of the 12-tribe confederation, including the Methow, Okanogan, Arrow Lakes, San Poil, Colville, Nespelem, Chelan, Entiat, Moses-Columbia, Wenatchi, Nez Perce and Palus.

The newspaper is operated under the Colville Tribes’ Information Technology branch in the Media Services Department, which offers tribal programs and members services including social media, websites, photography, graphics and video.

Division II - Print

The Seminole Tribune

The Seminole Tribune is the official newspaper of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Started more than 50 years ago, the newspaper is published monthly with a circulation of 5,000. It is distributed to eight Seminole reservations and communities, Seminole Hard Rock hotels and casinos, and subscribers throughout the country.

The Seminole Tribune strives to serve Seminole Tribal members by reporting and photographing high-quality news and images and aims to inform readers of important information, issues and events. Coverage includes business, community functions, culture, education, government, history, sports and more.

The Tribune also archives its work to help preserve the history of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Division III - Print

The Cherokee Phoenix

The Cherokee Phoenix is a tribal media organization partially funded by the Cherokee Nation. It is the only independent source of current Cherokee culture and language. The Cherokee Phoenix is produced in the Cherokee capitol city of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and printed monthly.  
To report without bias the activities of the Cherokee Nation government and the news of interest to have informed citizens.
Company Overview
The Cherokee Phoenix is a tribal media organization partially funded by the Cherokee Nation. Founded in 1828 in New Echota (now Georgia), the Cherokee Phoenix was the first bilingual newspaper in North America, printed in both English and Cherokee.