Native American institution taking indefinite hiatus

first_imgAPTN National NewsIndian Country Today Media Network has been a “precious resource” for over 35 years for Native Americans but has fallen on hard times.Ray Cook, ICTMN writer and editor, says a “hiatus” will be announced on Sept. 4 while the national news source, for and about Indigenous people, looks for a partner or a buyer.ICTMN has been owned by the Oneida Nation of New York for the past 18 years. Cook says Oneida has spent “eight figures on developing the product” during that time but “can’t carry the burden anymore.”He says Oneida is “willing to sell the precious resource at bargain bin prices if there’s a buyer who will maintain the integrity” of ICTMN.Cook says the owners don’t want “some Tribe buying it and turning it into a rag.”ICTMN has faced that very criticism over the years, something Cook acknowledges.“There were naysayers” says Cook in a phone interview. “But they were very few. ”Cook says politics has never influenced what ICTMN covered or how it was covered. It was always about “moving Indian Country forward. It was about the people getting their voices out there. ”ICTMN’s website is expected to keep recirculating stories over the coming days and months. If a buyer or partner is not found by December, Cook says the site will likely “be a static site.”last_img read more