American Indian Journalist Mark Trahant Declines a Second Term at UND after Being Denied DAPL Seminars

The Standing Rock DAPL resistance was the largest Indian Country movement in decades.

Published October 27, 2017

GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA – Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock Tribes), one of today’s best American Indian journalists, disclosed on Thursday he is declining a second term as a journalism professor at the University of North Dakota (UND) because the school would not agree to allow him to conduct seminars on the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).

Trahant, the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at UND, was put in charge of a journalism lecture series and proposed two DAPL topics that were rejected.  He wanted one lecture to concentrate on American Indian reporters covered the DAPL resistance and one on how the Standing Rock resistance played out on social media.

Mark Trahant

Both topics were rejected after being sent up to the UND president’s and provost’s offices, according to Trahant.

“I’d still love to see the university take a substantial role in improving the public’s understanding about Standing Rock, the media, and general tribal relations across the state,” Trahant commented to Native News Online on Thursday eveing via email.

“I have lived in other conservative states and universities tend to be kind of an institutional check and balance,” Trahant said in quotes by the Associated Press.  “And you don’t get that sense in North Dakota.”

Trahant previously served as the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and has worked for numerous other newspapers in and out of Indian Country. Trahant brings a unique perspective to Indian Country concerns and issues in on his blog, Trahant Many of his columns are republished in Native News Online.

He is his third year of a three-year term as the endowed professor. He will serve out his term which lasts until May 2018.



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