NAJA releases Reporting and Indigenous Terminology Guide

Posted by Native American Journalists Association on 04/10/2017

NORMAN, Okla. - The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) recognizes that accurate language is crucial to fair and balanced coverage of Indigenous communities in the United States. In response to questions about factual vocabulary and Indian Country, NAJA has released The Reporting And Indigenous Terminology Guide to serve as a resource for outlets in the United States and abroad reporting on Indigenous affairs.

The guide serves as the fourth free educational manual in NAJA’s ongoing series and presents guidance on how to identify Indigenous tribes, Nations and individuals. “American Indian” or “Native American?” “Indigenous” or “Aboriginal?” “Tribe” or “Nation?” These questions are answered in a printable tip sheet and can be used as a supplement to existing stylebooks as well as NAJA’s “100 Questions, 500 Nations.”

“Covering Indian Country can create many challenges for journalists unfamiliar with the subject area,” said NAJA Vice President Tristan Ahtone. “The Reporting and Indigenous Terminology Guide is designed to provide journalists with information that can help make for better reporting and better coverage.”

NAJA advocates for clear, in-depth reporting on Indigenous affairs and in order to aid journalists and editors, and hopes the guide will help improve coverage in Indian Country.

According to the guide, the rigorous use of language is paramount to fair coverage of Indigenous people and reflects NAJA’s mission to recognize Native Americans as distinct peoples while promoting diversity.

There is no cost to access the resource guide, which is available for download on the NAJA website at:

For additional resources and information on covering Indian Country, visit