Shondiin Silversmith is an award-winning Native journalist based on the Navajo Nation. Silversmith has covered Indigenous communities for more than 10 years, and covers Arizona's 22 federally recognized sovereign tribal nations, as well as national and international Indigenous issues. Her digital, print and audio stories have been published by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic, Navajo Times, The GroundTruth Project and PRX's "The World." Silversmith earned her master's degree in journalism and mass communication in Boston before moving back to Arizona to continue reporting stories on Indigenous communities. She is a member of the Native American Journalist Association and has made it a priority in her career to advocate, pitch and develop stories surrounding Indigenous communities in the newsrooms she works in.
Interior Department distributes funds to support recreation and conservation efforts
By: Shondiin Silversmith - June 11, 2022
The Department of Interior distributed $279 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia in support of state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Kansas received $3.4 million in funding, which the state will allocate to local projects. “One of the best investments we can […]
Violence against Indigenous women is a crisis, federal report says
By: Shondiin Silversmith - November 12, 2021
Violence against Indigenous women in the United States is a crisis, but the extent of the problem remains unknown, according to a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. “There’s no one single database that has all this information,” said Gretta Goodwin, director of the GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice team. “So, the full […]