Native American Heritage Month 2012

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For Native American Heritage Month 2012, the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education website celebrates 30 individuals.

The lives of these Americans are worthy of celebration and further study, which our short profiles hope to encourage. The women and men included are writers, editors, journalists, publishers, trailblazers and change makers. They remind us of the rich contributions Native Americans make and have made in the world of words.

This is by no means a definitive or exhaustive listing. It’s a starting point for learning, comment & discussion during Native American Heritage Month, when our nation pays a little more attention to issues of diversity. Be heard. Tell us what you think and what we can learn by sending a message to!

** You can also view our other Native American History Month features 2011, 2013. **

Frank Waln
October 31, 2012
A rising force in Native American Hip Hop along with his group Nake Nula Waun, Frank Waln has reached levels most said he would never reach, and he’s still climbing. Frank Waln is a Gates Millenium Scholar who studied two years of pre-med at... more »
Mary A. Pember
November 1, 2012
Mary A. Pember is an independent photojournalist and writer based in Cincinnati, Ohio specializing in Native American people and issues. Experienced in news, feature and editorial writing and digital photography.  Solid history of self-... more »
Godwin Barton
November 2, 2012
Godwin H. Barton, First Nations, is originally from Kincolith, a community in Northwestern British Columbia, Canada. A writer of poetry and prose, Godwin has published an inspirational story "Touched by a Higher Power" ?in the much acclaimed "... more »
Tetona Dunlap
November 3, 2012
Tetona Dunlap is a graduate student in journalism at the University of Montana. She is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.A group of five women at Haskell Indian Nations University in... more »
Honey Dawn Karima
November 4, 2012
Dr. Honey Dawn Karima is a prolific Creek/Cherokee novelist, poet, fiction writer, journalist, filmmaker, recording artist and playwright. Her CD, The Worship of Angels , recorded with NAMMY-winning Cherokee flutist Wildcat, was a 2007 Native... more »
Levi Rickert
November 5, 2012
Levi Rickert is the editor-in-chief and co-producer of the Native News Network. Mr. Rickert is a tribal member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and is the former executive director of the North American Indian Center of Grand Rapids.Mr. Rickert... more »
Klee Benally
November 6, 2012
Klee Benally (Dine’) currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, he has been a media activist for more than 10 years, producing short documentaries and offering strategic consultations and planning for Indigenous media campaigns.He currently is project... more »
Mary Hudetz
November 7, 2012
Mary Hudetz is an editor on The Associated Press' West Regional Desk in Phoenix. She files national breaking news as well as daily stories on a variety of topics in the West. She also serves as an advisor on the AP's Native Peoples beat team and... more »
Mark Dreadfulwater
November 8, 2012
Mark Dreadfulwater has worked for the Cherokee Phoenix, the country’s oldest Native American newspaper, for seven years. He serves the newspaper as the Multimedia Editor. He is responsible for ensuring quality digital production in the form of... more »
Bryan Pollard
November 9, 2012
Bryan Pollard, photo and graphics coordinator, is also a Cherokee citizen and is originally from Oklahoma but grew up in New Orleans and has a bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University. Before returning home to the Cherokee Nation, he... more »