Boozhoo friends,

I love what I do.

Let me explain.

I help guide our news coverage as Indian Country Today’s deputy managing editor. I work with talented people and we cover important issues that we’re passionate about.

That’s only a part of the ICT experience.

We have the opportunity to grow as journalists. I’m an example. I started as a national correspondent in January 2020 and was promoted to my current role roughly a year later.

This is what makes ICT special. We are set up for success.

ICT allowed me this space. ICT challenged me. I also challenged myself. I wrote dozens of articles and told award-winning stories in my first year. I was pleasantly surprised to win multiple awards, including two first place finishes, in the annual Native American Journalists Association contest.

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Working for Indian Country Today is a public service. We make a difference. Our stories make an impact and we work hard to change the narrative. Our digital reach is far, well beyond invisible borders. Our content is free to our readers to access, and to republish. I especially like it when our partner, The Associated Press, picks up our articles, pushing our reach that much wider.

My editor is Indigenous. My staff is Indigenous. I’m Indigenous. How many national news organizations can champion that? It’s a beautiful feeling.

I’ve been in many newsrooms and ICT’s is at the top. We’re different and that’s on purpose.

Our team is small, yet we are mighty. We can’t report on everything. Trust me, I’ve tried. My story list is long. My goals are even higher. But we do our best with what we have.

Each morning is a fresh start. I begin it by wanting to do better than the day before. I smile thinking about our future and our potential.

Here’s how you can help us reach our goals. Helping us goes beyond your dollars, however. Follow us on social media, promote our work, and tell a friend about ICT.

Miigwech,
Dalton Walker
Deputy managing editor, ICT

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