Indian Country Today Media Network

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Indian Country Today
Type Website and online newsletter
Owner(s) Oneida Nation of New York
Founder(s) Tim Giago
Publisher Arthur Raymond Halbritter
Founded 1981
Language English
Ceased publication 2013 (print)
Headquarters New York City
Official website
Country USA
City New York City

Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN) is a website and weekly online newsletter that is a national news source for Native people in North America. The ICT Media Network revealed their new online multi-media news platform in January 2011; it is a daily, hourly, or "as news breaks" internationally recognized multimedia platform, solely owned by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. In July 2014, ICTMN announced that it had registered 1,009,761 unique monthly visitors for the month of June 2014, according to Google Analytics.[1] In addition, the newspaper has created its own popular social networking site on Facebook which has soared close to 300,000 "likes".


ICTMN carries original news reporting on issues of interest to Native American readers.

Founded as a newsprint weekly in 1981, Indian Country Today described itself as "The Nations' Leading American Indian News Source." The newspaper's founder Tim Giago, was located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation but remained independent of tribal government. In 1998, he sold the paper to Four Directions Media, Inc., which is owned and operated by the Oneida Nation of New York. The newspaper was headquartered in Canastota, New York. In 2011, operations were moved to New York City[2] and the regional newspaper Indian Country Today became Indian Country Today Media Network.[3] In 2013, the paper went online-only.[4]

Gale Courey Toensing and Rob Capriccioso serve as staff reporters.

Indian Country Today Media Network has a smaller yet significant Canadian and worldwide readership, which is increasing as regionally based journalists are recruited to cover Canadian First Nations, Latin American Indigenous Peoples, Pacific Islanders, Australian Aboriginals, and Indigenous Peoples throughout the world.

Notable stories[edit]

In 2005, an Indian Country Today editorial "Hurricane Katrina Uncovers a Tale of Two Americas",[5] was quoted by South African President Thabo Mbeki in a letter to the ANC Today, published by the African National Congress.[6]

Indian Country Today had extensive coverage of the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl or the 2013 Supreme Court of the United States "Baby Veronica" case in which a South Carolina father who was an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation sought to adopt his daughter Veronica. The coverage included a guest editorial by the president of the Charleston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.[7]

On June 5, 2014, President Barack Obama wrote a columm for Indian Country Today titled, "On My Upcoming Trip to Indian Country" describing how he and his wife Michelle Obama plan to visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota later in June.[8]

Indian Country Today has on-going coverage of the Native American mascot controversy, or the use of Indian images in names and sports. The publication has featured numerous stories and editorials on the Washington Redskins name controversy and its team owner Dan Snyder.


In 2011, ICTMN won five awards at the Native American Journalists Association Conference including one for Best Environmental Story, "EPA Tells Wind River Reservation: 'Don’t Drink The Water' " (Sept. 2010). In 2013, ICTMN took 11 awards at the conference.[9]

Writers, editors, and contributors[edit]

Indian Country Today includes staff writers Donna Caruso, Mark Fogarty, Lisa Gale Garrigues, John Hamblett, Terri Crawford Hansen (Environment and Science), and Larry Spotted Crow Mann. Mark Trahant is the 2014 Atwood Chair of Journalism and former president of the Native American Journalists Association and a former executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune.

Regular columnists include Steve Russell of Oklahoma's Cherokee Nation and associate professor emeritus of criminal justice at Indiana University Bloomington as well as Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape), co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute in California.

In 2013, Marty Two Bulls, an Oglala Lakota cartoonist and satirist for ICTMN, was profiled by the Associated Press.[10]


  1. ^ Indian Country Today, July 9, 2014
  2. ^ "About", Indian Country Today
  3. ^ "Indian Country Today Media Network to Launch January 14, 2011". PRNewswire. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  4. ^ Eaton, Kristi. "National Native American magazine going digital". The Big Story. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  5. ^ Indian Country Today, September 8, 2005
  6. ^ Thabo Mbeki, "The Shared Pain of New Orleans", ANC Today, Volume 5, No. 36 • 9—15 September 2005
  7. ^ Indian Country Today, October 13, 2013
  8. ^ Indian Country Today, June 5, 2014
  9. ^ Terri Hansen (2011-07-07). "Native American Journalism Excellence". Mother Earth Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  10. ^ Indian Country Today, June 13, 2013

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