Great Falls Tribune
Well over a century ago, the Great Falls Tribune published an account of the Massacre at Wounded Knee.
A front-page headline in the Dec. 30, 1890 edition described the perpetrators of the murderous act, the U.S. 7th Cavalry, as “heroes.” It also portrayed the victims, hundreds of Lakota Tribal members including women and children, as “treacherous.”
The opposing and correct view of the horrific event would not be recognized for many years.
The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May by a police officer and the subsequent national outcry demanding changes to systemic inequalities, including in Great Falls and other communities in northcentral Montana.
It is important during this social justice movement for the Tribune and its parent company, Gannett, like other businesses and institutions, to set priorities on how we can best support and represent our community.
The Tribune, along with all its Gannett partners across the USA TODAY Network, is announcing its long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion in our coverage. The goal network-wide is to achieve greater diversity in our newsrooms and coverage to best reflect the communities we serve by 2025.
One of our approaches was to hire a reporter to cover the Indigenous communities’ beat. Reporter Nora Mabie’s focus is covering Native American communities in Montana.
Nearly 129 years to the day after the Massacre at Wounded Knee, the Tribune’s front page on Dec. 21, 2019 was dedicated to coverage of the long-awaited federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe.
We’ve also made an effort to amplify Native perspectives on national issues, featuring reactions from tribal members in Montana on the Washington NFL team’s recent name change, and telling local stories with a season-long feature on the Rocky Boy basketball teams.
The Tribune also has showcased the achievements of Native American women in Montana with our “Outstanding Indigenous Women” series.
The Tribune has reported on Native Americans’ reactions to nationwide protests against police brutality and their subsequent desire to be included in race talks, and a recent piece covered the Blackfeet Nation’s efforts to protect elders and other vulnerable tribal members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Mabie focuses on Indigenous communities, our newsroom is committed to reflecting the makeup of our community in our reporting, photos and videos.
We hope the step up in diversifying coverage has had a positive impact to date, and we are committed to continued conversations with the community and amplifying diverse voices from all perspectives in our state.
Tribune editor Grady Higgins can be reached at email@example.com or 406-791-1462.
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