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Editor's Daily Note 04/13/2020


Editors’ huddle (digital only)


I dropped Buffy Sainte-Marie a note to let her know that her voice was now out there with “This is Indian Country Today.”

Her response: Aloha Tansi Mark,

I’m so honored to have been able to help. Chi migwetch, thank you for inviting me to be part of ICT.

I’m safe and healthy at home, making the most of the quiet and isolation.




One hallmark of Indian Country Today’s rebirth is how fast everything has happened. It’s not even been two years yet since we re-launched. The digital product seems like it’s been out there for a lot longer than that. There is so much good work. Daily.

Now it’s time for the broadcasting team to defy gravity. Instead of a weekly we now have a national news show (with national expectations). There will be lots of experiments and growth in the days ahead -- but know this from day one. This has never been done before. (And, yes, we know we need to grow resources to sustain this enterprise.) After election night when I had the first conversation with ASU … I told them we wanted a daily news show (election night, forever) and Dean Calihan said I don’t think you have the resources for that. But what about a weekly? I jumped at the chance. But like everything on this journey that turns out was just the conversation starter.

Here we go. Brilliant.

Thank you for all the work you do. I am so fortunate to be on this team. Mark