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Indian Times: Native Journalists Association Reacts to Osage News problems (Sep 22, 2008)
Last week on Indian Times, we reported on the dispute between the Osage Nation Congress and Principal Chief Jim Gray concerning the tribe?s newspaper. Earlier this month, members of the Congress who didn?t like how they were being portrayed in the newspaper voted to cut off its mailing funds. This past Wednesday, Osage Judge Marvin Stepson ruled in favor of Chief Gray. We speak with the Native American Journalists Association?s Executive Director Jeff Harjo (Seminole/Creek) about the limitations of some tribal newspapers. The President of NAJA, Ronnie Washines (Yakima Nation), has posted a statement on the organization's website saying the cutting of budgetary funds to mail the newspaper equates to censorship.

We also speak with New Zealand film director Shane Loader (pictured above on the left) and veteran Maori actor Rangimoana Taylor (above right), who paid a visit to the University of Oklahoma campus this past week. Their film is called Taking the Wae Wae Express. It's a dramatic comedy about a young Maori man, who is helped by family, friends and his father to deal with his grief after the accidental death of his younger brother.

Upcoming events:
On Monday, September 22nd, "Rock The Native Vote" presents recording artist Red Cloud at 6pm on the OU campus by the Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center. This is a free, outdoor event. For more information call the Reverend Chebon Kernell at 321-5640.

Native American Women and Others For Multicultural Preservation or NAWOMP, is postponing the first poetry reading till a later date. If you have any questions call Susan at 325-1133.

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