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ERIC Number: ED132574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Native American Newspapers: Selected Vignettes.
Murphy, Sharon
Throughout its history, the press in the United States has been dominated by whites and directed toward the interests and well-being of white readers, often ignoring or distorting news and events within and about nonwhite communities. As a result, minority groups have established their own press systems. One of these systems, with a 148-year history, is the native American press. The first Indian paper, half in English and half in the Cherokee alphabet, was the "Cherokee Phoenix," established in 1828. Like many other native American papers, it did not long survive the pressures and open harrassment by white society and government. Although of varying degrees of journalistic sophistication, today's native American press carries on the tradition of investigative watchdog journalism, continues its role as educator, and functions as a preserver of heritage, carrying tales from the past and accounts of living native American leaders. Increasing numbers of papers also attempt to reintroduce the native American languages of their readers. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (59th, College Park, Maryland, July 31-August 4, 1976)