NAJA to host McGirt decision virtual roundtable Aug. 28

The roundtable series will feature discussions with Indigenous journalists covering Indian Country

The Native American Journalists Association recognizes that media professionals, including members working across Indian Country, are confronted with unique challenges when covering issues affecting Indigenous people and communities. The virtual roundtable series aims to share the pitfalls and best practices for reporting these stories, within the context of a global pandemic.

This episode will focus on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision and feature discussions with Indigenous journalists and attorneys near this story, and the challenges they’ve encountered reporting on this ruling and its implementation.

The roundtable panelists include:

  • Jonodev Chaudhuri (Muscogee Creek), attorney at Quarles & Brady, Ambassador for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation

  • Matthew Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians), publisher of Turtle Talk legal blog, professor of law at Michigan State University

  • Angel Ellis (Muscogee Creek), Reporter – Mvskoke Media

Graham Lee Brewer (Cherokee), a freelance reporter who extensively covers Oklahoma and Indian Country, will moderate.

NAJA will host the roundtable and live Q&A at 2 pm CT on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 via Zoom. Participants may register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

The recording will also be available on the NAJA website at

NAJA will develop additional roundtables, which will focus on the member response to COVID-19 throughout Indian Country. Members may pitch roundtable suggestions through the online form here.

The roundtable series is supported by the following sponsors:

  • Democracy Fund

  • Knight Foundation

  • Google News Initiative

  • Ford Foundation

  • Walton Family Foundation

About NAJA

The Native American Journalists Association serves more than 700 members, including media professionals working in tribal, freelance, independent and mainstream news outlets, as well as academia and students covering Indigenous communities and representing tribal nations from across North America.

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