Indian Country Stylebook for Editors, Writers and Journalists republished

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eBook version available for free December 7-11

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Deer Dancer Press

The Indian Country Stylebook for Editors, Writers and Journalists is being republished as an eBook and paperback by Deer Dancer Press.

The reference book was originally published by Kitsap Publishing; it is now published using Kindle Direct Publishing’s print-on-demand technology. It will be offered for free as an eBook December 7-11 at  Amazon.com. The target audience is newsrooms and school journalism programs. After December 11, the eBook version will be available for $5 on Amazon.com. The paperback version is $15.

The Indian Country Stylebook for Editors, Writers and Journalists is patterned after the Associated Press Stylebook for familiarity and ease of use.
The Indian Country Stylebook for Editors, Writers and Journalists is patterned after the Associated Press Stylebook for familiarity and ease of use.(Image: courtesy Deer Dancer Press)

The stylebook evolved from a panel discussion, “Tribal Nations and the Media,” at the 2013 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention in Olympia. Questions asked at the panel discussion made it clear that such a stylebook would be useful: Does the First Amendment apply to journalists covering stories on Indian reservations? What is “Indian Country”? What authority do Tribal governments have on- and off-reservation?

The Indian Country Stylebook is patterned after the Associated Press Stylebook for familiarity and ease of use. The stylebook contains more than 100 entries, with correct spellings, word usages and legal references; a chapter on American Indian Law; a chapter on Newsgathering in Indian Country; a Directory of Indigenous Nations in Washington State; and a Directory of Indian Country Media in Washington State.

Indian Country Today Editor Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, called the stylebook “an essential reference." Environmental journalist Terri Hansen, Winnebago, said of the stylebook, “Any journalist covering Indian Country, Native Americans [and] tribal nations needs this well-organized book. As easy to use as the AP Stylebook.”

The authors of the stylebook are: Richard Arlin Walker, Mexican/Yaqui; Jackie Jacobs, Lumbee; Gabriel S. Galanda, Round Valley Indian Tribes; and Amber Penn Roco, Chehalis. The cover art is by noted artist Louie Gong, Nooksack.

Deer Dancer Press is an imprint launched by Walker, a veteran Northwest journalist and longtime correspondent for Indian Country Today. Upcoming releases include “Revelations,” a book of poetry by Walker with cover art by Yaqui poet/artist Anita Endrezze.

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