The Free Press Debate on Nation’s Indian Reservations


A shooting rampage on Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian reservation this spring spurred flocks of reporters to the area who found it largely closed off to outsiders. Chippewa tribal leaders said the closure was to protect residents from the media deluge, but journalists argued it tread on their free press rights…only to learn free press isn’t guaranteed in “Indian Country.”As sovereign entities, tribal governments often restrict or censure coverage on the reservation.And as Brian Bull reports, the debate over who controls the message is far from over…

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