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The Western Knight Center took 20
professional fellows on a multi-state journey
into the heart of "Indian Country." This seminar
integrated traditional classroom seminar presentations on such topics as sovereignty, Native American health issues, resource management and gaming with on-site visits to tribal lands in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

Throughout the week of the seminar, we videotaped all of the speakers and collected their PowerPoint presentations and other resources to be featured here on this seminar Web site. In this special seminar site, you'll have all the video and other files including a gallery of photos taken through the seminar. You can view the seminar agenda and biographies of all of the speakers and fellows by following the links above, and you can read blogs posts written by fellows during the seminar by following the link below.


Tom Barton and Vik Jolly

Indian Country Photo Gallery

View a collection of photos taken of fellows and speakers throughout the multi-day seminar.

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Covering Indian Country Blog

It's a legal state. It's a state of mind. And it's the cultural landscape that is home to more than 4 million Native Americans whose lives have been often overlooked, misrepresented or sloppily reported by the media.

The mission of the "Covering Indian Country" traveling seminar, which inspired this blog, is to improve that coverage. Our goal is to introduce journalists who are unfamiliar with that community to a world where stereotypes and myths sometimes prevail, while welcoming back other journalists to a world where untold stories are waiting to be explored.

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Photographs on this page taken by Lee Marmon.
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Funded by the John S. and
James L. Knight Foundation