NAJA urges Obama to meet with Native media during upcoming N.D., visit

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 06/10/2014

NORMAN, Okla. — The Native American Journalists Association is pleased President Barack Obama will visit Cannonball, N.D., on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation on Friday, June 13.

Obama reiterated that there are many pressing issues facing Native Americans living in the U.S., in a June 5 op-ed that appeared in NAJA member outlet, Indian Country Today. The president said he will announce his next steps to support jobs, education and self-determination in Indian Country during this historic visit.

NAJA urges the administration to allow journalists working at Native media outlets to have access to Obama during this rare visit by a sitting president to Indian Country. Tribal reporters know their communities and can provide insight and perspective to his visit and efforts to promote tribal sovereignty. 

NAJA contacted The White House Office of Media Affairs June 10 to obtain press credential information for members, however, an advisory is not available at this time. According to officials, ". . .the advisory will include more details about the schedule and coverage opportunities and instructions on how to RSVP and request credentials." 

NAJA will notify members as details of the credential process for this event become available.