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Yá’át’ééh! I’m Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, the new editor at ICT. It’s been a little over a month since this new role and I wanted to introduce myself to you — our readers, partners, and relatives.

I’m Diné, a millennial, pronouns are she/her. For my relatives, I am Towering House Clan, born for the Coyote Pass Clan of Jemez, shicheii (my maternal grandfather) is of the Mexican Clan, and shinálí (my paternal grandfather) is of the Hopi with Red Running into the Water Clan.

Home is where I was born and raised, Diné Bikéyah defined by the legal geographic boundaries and some say Dinétah, which is our ancestral homelands between the four sacred mountains. Besides being a rez kid who can speak little Navajo (but trying to learn more), I also have bordertown kid experiences with immeasurable love for my community and people.

ICT has had a place in my life since 2013 when it hit the digital platform. That was ICT 2.0. It showed the world the power of Indigenous journalism during Standing Rock not long after. The publication went dark in 2016, a time when many Indigenous journalists wondered where we’d write our stories. That group of journalists sat in a hotel discussing the next steps. My mentor, Mark Trahant, facilitated that conversation. I was only a student journalist witnessing the concern for our collective speakerphone to the country and world. There was also a lot of urgency, passion and dedication in bringing back the publication.

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In July of 2018, ICT had a job posting for its first staff reporter/producer on Twitter. I applied, and then packed my bags for Washington, D.C.

ICT is thriving nearly four years later. I am thrilled to be on this new adventure with you and our team, and to continue the impressive work my predecessors have built.

Our mission remains the same: a spacious channel dedicated to covering the Indigenous world by Indigenous journalists. We add context to our stories. Transparency is the goal. We are a public service so our content is free to republish. The cherry on top is innovation. We have to innovate so we can change the larger narrative of Indigenous peoples.

Our readership growth in the last year proves that it’s working. We are at 6.5 million readers. An increase of more than 1.5 million in one year.

There is more work to do. We need help from our communities to build an organization and team that will last.

I’m forever grateful to those before me who invested in me as a young journalist. Now here I am.

It has been 40 years of ICT’s legacy. Let’s continue investing in the next generation of storytellers for another 40 years.

Ahéhee’.
Jourdan Bennett-Begaye 

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