This study analyzes the reporting of four issues that have impacted the Native American community. The research begins by addressing historical events that transformed Native American identity and have shaped the media’s representation of Native identity. Framing theory, muted group theory, and tribal critical race theory support this study, with framing theory focusing on examining the news discourse. This study seeks to identify how Native American issues are framed differently in Indian Country Today Media Network and the New York Times, and seeks to identify if the Native voice can be heard in articles written by Native journalists. The results of this study suggest that the sources were the most significant difference between the articles by ICTMN and the NYT. Sources also were the key element in hearing the Native voice.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Indians of North America--Press coverage; Identity (Psychology) in mass media
Communication and Media Technologies (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Communication (CLA)
Scott, Nicole Dorothy Irene, "Beyond the Surface: An Analysis on the Journalistic Reporting of Native American Issues" (2016). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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