SOURCE: NAJA

June 12, 2015 14:37 ET

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Charlie LeDuff and Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Suzan Shown Harjo Announced as Opening Speakers

NAJA Adds Highlights for 2015 National Native Media Conference July 9-12

NORMAN, OK--(Marketwired - June 12, 2015) - NAJA is thrilled to offer an update on the 2015 National Native Media Conference’s opening evening programming, which will include a discussion on treaties with Suzan Shown Harjo and other dignitaries followed by remarks from former New York Times reporter and Detroit's WJBK Fox 2 News TV journalist Charlie LeDuff.

The Native American Journalists Association and Native Public Media officially kick off the 2015 conference on July 9 with a full day of pre-conference training sessions and the 6 p.m., opening reception and ceremony, where LeDuff (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) and Harjo (Cheyenne /Hodulgee Muscogee) will speak. The Hyatt Regency Crystal City, located at 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, Virginia, is the 2015 conference host hotel.

The National Native Media Conference runs July 9-12, with workshops, panel discussions and interactive sessions focused on key topics Indian Country such as race, data, culture, environment and 2016 elections.

“I don’t think it’s possible to overstate how excited and honored we are at NAJA to have Suzan Shown Haro and Charlie LeDuff join us in opening our conference,” says Mary Hudetz, NAJA president. “Suzan is truly an inspiration whose in-depth knowledge of treaties and Native American rights will empower our journalists in their work. Charlie is a dedicated and accomplished professional who has returned to his hometown and developed an impressive and effective approach to TV news reporting that I think all in our membership should learn about.”

LeDuff, an investigative reporter, author and TV news correspondent for Detroit Fox-affiliate WJBK 2 News, hosts “The Americans with Charlie LeDuff.” A former investigative journalist for The New York Times, LeDuff was part of a team in 2000 that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for the Times series “How Race is Lived in America.” The story he contributed was a long form narrative about race relations inside the world’s largest slaughterhouse.

Read more about LeDuff: https://nationalnativemediaconferen2015.sched.org/speaker/leduff10#.VXn0Q-dkzxY.

LeDuff’s remarks for the opening of NAJA’s 31st annual conference will focus on how he continues to reinvent his reporting by telling stories of American life and infusing them with his own vivacity, through his writing and on-camera presence.

Harjo, who represents NAJA on the UNITY: Journalists for Diversity board of directors and is president of The Morning Star Institute, curated the current treaties exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall and edited the book that accompanies the exhibit.

She and others will take part in an engaging discussion on why treaties matter and how they bring context to reports about the lives and issues of Native Americans today.

Harjo is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate, who has helped Native peoples protect sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Read more about Harjo: https://nationalnativemediaconferen2015.sched.org/moderator/suzan_harjo#.VXnqu-dkzxY.

A book signing of Harjo’s Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indians will follow the reception where refreshments will be served.

OTHER MAJOR 2015 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

National Native Media Awards Banquet – Saturday, July 11

On this special evening, NAJA honors stories reported from Indian Country and the journalists who tell them. The organization will also deliver the NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award to Washington Post journalist Denny McAuliffe (Osage), and other major awards.

Amanda Blackhorse (Navajo) will deliver the keynote. Tickets for friends of NAJA and the general public are $85. Those registered for the full National Native Media Conference attend free. More information is available at: www.naja.com/conference.

NAJA Next Gen Student Journalist Luncheon and Celebration – Friday July 10 (Ticketed event)

Join NAJA for the 2015 NAJF Student Recognition Luncheon, celebrating the inaugural class of the Native American Journalism Fellowship. Tickets are $60 each, include lunch and may be purchased online at: http://sched.co/2nVJ.

NPR Reception – Friday, July 10 (FOR CONFERENCE ATTENDEES ONLY; RSVP Required)

NPR welcomes NAJA members to Washington. We invite you to join us for drinks, light refreshments, and conversation at NPR in its new headquarters (1111 North Capitol St NE, Washington, DC). Attendees can get to know NPR better, mix with colleagues, and take a tour of the NPR newsroom.

NPR will offer building tours at 5:45, 6:00 and 6:15. Please click one of the time slot links to fill out a registration form in advance. http://events.npr.org/npr/Home/EventDetails/9573 A photo I.D. is required to enter.

NPR is accessible via Metro. Attendees should RSVP to Erin McIntyre at emcintyre@npr.org to attend the reception.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Rebecca Landsberry
    Native American Journalists Association
    Interim Executive Director
    Email: RebeccaLandsberry@naja.com
    Phone: 405-819-1940