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Native American Journalists Assoc. Demands HuffPost Apologize for ‘Irresponsible’ Warren Story

“This analysis is not only inaccurate, it is a disservice to audiences that may not be familiar with how charged Warren’s DNA results have been..."

By NTK Staff | 01.11.2019 @1:23pm
Native American Journalists Assoc. Demands HuffPost Apologize for ‘Irresponsible’ Warren Story

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is demanding that the Huffington Post apologize for a 2,300-word story it published last week defending Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) controversial DNA test.

NAJA took exception to the piece, authored by the Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery, which the NAJA argued was “negligent and irresponsible.”

“NAJA hopes that Bendery, her editors and staff at Huffington Post reflect on this ethical negligence, apologize for their insensitive reporting, and employ substantive changes to improve their analysis of issues affecting Indigenous communities,” the NAJA said in a statement according to The Wrap. “NAJA also recommends that Huffington Post reporters take part in cultural sensitivity training to avoid publishing such errors in the future.”

Bendery argued that “tribal leaders have far more pressing matters to deal with than a senator’s DNA test” in her piece published earlier this month.

“This analysis is not only inaccurate, it is a disservice to audiences that may not be familiar with how charged Warren’s DNA results have been and betrays the trust and agency of Indigenous communities most impacted,” NAJA said.

“The idea that a handful of Indigenous people can speak for the majority is deeply rooted in hurtful stereotypes, colonial attitudes and ideas of racial superiority. Indigenous communities often hold conflicting viewpoints on important issues and show concern about multiple matters affecting their lives.”

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