Finalist

Chemawa Indian School Is ‘Breaking Its Promise’ to Tribal Students
Investigative Reporting: Broadcast

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About the Entry

A federally run boarding school intended to prepare Native American youth for college instead failed to provide adequate academic instruction even as some students suffered physical and mental health issues, according to the broadcasting team’s investigation.

Entry Credit

  • Rob Manning, Reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • Tony Schick, Reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Comments from the Judges

“Reporters at Oregon Public Broadcast showed persistent watchdog reporting while they spent three years investigating Chemawa Indian School, one of only four Native American boarding schools still run directly by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education.”

“This is a heartbreaking tale: a place that’s supposed to be a refuge and safe learning environment for Native youth that’s become overprotective at best and negligent at worst, with multiple students dying on or off campus.”


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