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Year in Review - 2023. During the course of 2023, Native News Online published more than 1,000 articles. Some of the articles were written and posted quickly to keep up with current events happening in Indian Country. Others took longer to research, to coordinate interviews with sources that add to the stories and some required travel. 

We asked our senior editor and writers to select their favorite article of 2023 that they filed:

Elyse Wild | Senior Editor

Of all the stories I wrote this year, the one I feel most deeply connected to is Lighting Up Navajo Nation, which tells the story of a mutual aid project that brings volunteer linemen from around the country to hook up homes in the Navajo Nation to electricity. Learning that there are more than 13,000 Dine families living without the basic necessity of electricity — and even more living without running water — drove me to dive deeper.

I met Dine families, young and old, who were getting electricity for the very first time and learned what their day-to-day lives were like without it. I learned about how a law passed in 1936 excluded Tribal Nations from the “electrification” of homes in the United States, and how federal bureaucracy and apathy continue to leave thousands of Native families living without basic utilities. I was deeply moved and inspired by a partnership between the Navajo Utility Authority and the volunteer utility, achieving what the federal government has failed to do for generations.

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Jenna Kunze | Senior Reporter

My favorite story I wrote this year was the doula story

When I first heard the statistic, I knew I had to write a story about it: Native mothers in Washington state die 8.5 times more often than white mothers in and around childbirth, owing to system failures and unconscious biases in the Evergreen State's health system. For this story I highlighted the Indigenous doulas that are changing that statistic—they’re literally saving lives– by nurturing mothers and newborns in a culturally appropriate way. 

Kaili Berg (Aleut) | Reporter 

One of my favorite stories I have covered this year includes the ongoing effort of the Ho-Chunk Nation to preserve the Hooçak language. Being based in Wisconsin and growing up in the Ho-Chunk community, these efforts mean a lot to me. Bringing language within a cultural context is important, especially the traditions within it. Seeing the ways the Ho-Chunk brought language and culture together made me understand those connections on a much deeper level. Looking forward to 2024, I am excited to shed more light on issues such as language revitalization, as there is more work to be done. 

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