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Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Sunnie Clahchischiligi, Christine Trudeau · Indigenous Investigative Collective

This story is produced by the Indigenous Investigative Collective, a project of the Native American Journalists Association in partnership with High Country News, Indian Country Today, National Native News and Searchlight New Mexico. It was produced in partnership with MuckRock with the support of JSK-Big Local News.

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, is the managing editor for Indian Country Today in Washington, D.C. She is also a board member of the Native American Journalists Association. Jourdan received her master's degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism through the Newhouse Minorities Fellowship at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York. Follow her on Twitter: @jourdanbb or email her at

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi is Diné from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. She serves as an investigative reporter for Searchlight New Mexico. Her work appears in Rolling Stone magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Salt Lake Tribune, Sports Illustrated and other publications. Sunnie was awarded a Doris O'Donnell Innovations in Investigative Journalism Fellowship from the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University in 2021 and has won multiple awards in sports and editorial writing. She is also a composition instructor at the University of New Mexico and a PhD candidate. Follow her on Twitter: @clahchischiligi, or email her at 

Christine Trudeau, Prairie Band Potawatomi, is a contributing editor for the Indigenous Affairs Desk at High Country News, and the Indigenous Investigative Collective’s Covid-19 project managing editor. Follow on Twitter @trudeaukwe or email her at 

Editors: Tristan Ahtone, Kate Schimel
Factchecker: Taryn Salinas
Copyeditor: Aleta Burchyski