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I am so thankful to win this award. As someone who is dyslexic and grew up in special education classes for my struggle with reading and writing it would have been unimaginable to me if someone had told me that I would have published work in national magazines and in fact win an award for it. This is a lesson to myself to not be afraid to dream bigger. That my disability does not define who I am, but in-fact creates a unique world view that can be beneficial to me and others. Institutions just need to adjust to give kids who have disabilities a chance with better accommodations instead of discarding them.

2022 National Native Media Award winners


Print / Online – Best Environmental Coverage

Professional Division III

Second Place

Brook Thompson

The familial bond between the Klamath River and the Yurok people

High Country News


Student Division

Associate Division I – (Circulation below 5,000)

Associate Division II – (Circulation 5,000 – 10,000)

Associate Division III – (Circulation above 10,000)

Professional Division I – (Circulation below 5,000)

Professional Division II – (Circulation 5,000 – 10,000)

Professional Division III – (Circulation above 10,000)


"NAJA serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. NAJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression. NAJA is committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility."

Congrats to the other winners in the category!

Please be sure to read their work as well,

First Place

Mary Annette Pember

A pipeline runs through it


Third Place

Meghan Sullivan

ANCSA at 50: Berries, wildlife and toxic lands


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