About us

— Dedicated to fighting the invisibility of Native people in mainstream journalism —

STAFF

Jacqueline Keeler, Executive Editor

Jenni Monet, Editor at Large

Desiree Kane, Digital Content Editor / Director

Martie Simmons, Associate Editor

Marc Dadigan, Editor

Terri Hansen, Environmental Editor


Pollen Nation is a Native-led and edited magazine dedicated to providing North American readers with an in-depth understanding of issues affecting Indigenous people such as land rights, environmental justice, and culture.

We work to fulfill a vital void in mainstream journalism, be a resource for non-Native journalists and provide a platform for talented Native writers and multimedia producers to tell their stories.  

Through assiduously researched and thoughtful journalism, commentary, and visual documentaries, Pollen Nation seeks to counter the stereotypes and invisibility of Native people in the mainstream media and to restore the Indigenous perspective as a vital voice in public discourse. 

Native people have been rendered invisible or stereotyped by mainstream journalism. In some cases, journalism contributes to the continuation of cultural genocide.


 
Stewart Indian School - Carson City, NV - Photo by Desiree Kane

Stewart Indian School - Carson City, NV - Photo by Desiree Kane

These tropes and ignorant presentations of our dynamic communities persist and are rife in modern journalism. 


This is not helped by the significant lack of Native representation in newsrooms throughout North America, especially in leadership positions. Last year's Status of Women in the U.S. Media study found women of color were only 7.95 percent of U.S. print newsroom staff. National Public Radio reported that only 0.3 percent of their 377 staff were American Indian of any gender, which amounts to one person. Native Americans are 2 percent of the U.S. population which would amount to 8 NPR employees.

For Indian Country, our goal is to provide readers with a political, societal, and historical understanding of the forces impacting our communities through high-quality, engaging, syndicated, independent journalism.