Indian Country Today Media Network

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Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN) is a weekly U.S. newsmagazine that is a national news source for Natives, American Indians, and Tribes in the U.S. and Alaska. The ICT Media Network revealed their new online multi-media news platform in January 2011; it is a daily, hourly, or "as news breaks" online publication that now reaches 48,000 readers weekly. The newspaper has created its own popular social networking site on Facebook and soared to 258,000 "likes" by April 2014.


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[1] and the regional newspaper Indian Country Today became Indian Country Today Media Network.[2]

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",[3] was quoted by South African President Thabo Mbeki in a letter to the ANC Today, published by the African National Congress.[4]

In addition, 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]


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

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