Students win 14 awards at the National Native Media Awards

Winning 14 awards — four 1st place, four 2nd place, three 3rd place, and three honorable mention awards — Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) students were recognized for their achievements in Native journalism at the 2021 National Native Media Awards. Among the first place finishes, student writers collectively received first place for “General Excellence” for their work on The Indian Leader, HINU’s student newspaper.

HINU Media Communications Instructor and Faculty Advisor Rhonda LeValdo said, “As you know the past year dealing with the pandemic showed how crucial having our students continuing to report stories to their peers is …” In addition to the student accolades, LeValdo received 3 National Native Media Awards herself. Together, the award recipients represent the university and highlight the importance of The Indian Leader, the oldest Native American student newspaper. “Congratulations to our students and Onward Haskell!” said LeValdo.

Award Winners

The Indian Leader Association

1st Place – Print – General Excellence


Zachary Arquette

1st Place – Print/Online – Best Environmental Coverage; “Uprooted: Decaying Trees Plan to be Repurposed


Delila Begay

3rd Place – Print/Online – Best News Story; “Away From Home


Connor MacDonald

2nd Place – Print/Online – Best News Story; “Haskell FY2021 Funding


Marklin Morales

2nd Place – Print/Online – Best Environmental Coverage; “The Haskell Glow-Up Coalition


Jared Nally

1st Place – Print/Online – Best News Story; “Student Safety Jeopardized by Violation of Fifth Amendment

1st Place – Print/Online – Best Sports Story; “Fightin’ Indians

2nd Place – Print/Online – Best Feature Photo; “Haskell Instructor Honored with Mural by Past Student

Honorable Mention – TV – Best News Story; “KC Football honoree stands in solidarity with Native protestors

Honorable Mention – Print/Online – Best News Photo; “KC Football honoree stands in solidarity with Native protestors


Joseph Singh

2nd Place – Print/Online – Best Feature Photo; “The Unsung Heroes of Curtis Hall

3rd Place – Print/Online – Best Feature Photo; “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Honorable Mention – Print/Online – Best Feature Story; “Emotional Support Animal Spotlight: Brown Sugar


Makayla Sloan

3rd Place – Print/Online – Best Sport Photo; “Games Through Photos

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