Diversity & Inclusion Track: Native Americans and the criminal justice system

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Charly Edsitty of KTRK-Houston; Mary Hudetz of The Seattle Times; Trina Roache of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network; Connie Walker of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 10:15am
  • Location: Briargrove
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

The justice system's profound impact on Indigenous people has long been a tough topic to cover -- given a landscape of hard-to-reach communities, overlapping law enforcement jurisdictions and limited data. In this session, hear from journalists who have navigated the challenges to tell sensitive, groundbreaking stories about the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, police misconduct and tribal jails. We’ll go over best practices for building trust with sources, and obtaining documents kept by federal and tribal governments. 

This panel was planned in collaboration with the Native American Journalists Association.

Speaker Bios

  • Charly Edsitty is a multi-media journalist in Houston at KTRK ABC 13. Charly started her career at KPNX 12 News in Phoenix, where she grew up, working behind the scenes as a producer before quickly working her way to an on-air position. As a proud member of the Navajo Nation, Charly's reporting shined a light onto the many overlooked issues affecting tribal communities. Charly is a graduate from Baylor University with a degree in print journalism.

  • Mary Hudetz is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times, and a former Associated Press journalist. Past honors for her work include a 2019 News Leaders Association award for AP's coverage of cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women. A member of the Crow Tribe, Hudetz is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association. @marymhudetz

  • Trina Roache is an award-winning video journalist with two decades of experience telling Indigenous stories for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in Canada. She gave up the rush of the daily news deadline to pursue the challenge of long-form TV journalism for APTN Investigates. A member of the Glooscap First Nation in unceded Mi’kmaw territory, Trina's favorite place is behind the camera, and she's honoured when the people living the story, trust her to tell it.

  • Connie Walker is a senior reporter in the Investigative Unit at CBC News in Toronto. She has done extensive reporting on Indigenous issues in Canada, and most recently, was the writer and host of the award-winning podcast Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo. Walker is Cree from the Okanese First Nation in Saskatchewan. @connie_walker 

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