Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Media Coverage Misrepresents Native Issues

To the Editor:

I just read Tessa Moran’s viewpoint (“Minority edia,” THE HOYA, April 8, 2005, A3) and I have to say that although I understand the point Moran is trying to get across and I feel that her heart is in the right place, Red Lake is not the case with which to make this point.

I am from Minnesota, and I thought there was entirely too much media coverage of the Red Lake shootings. This was not what the community wanted. The leaders begged the media to go away and let them grieve in private, but every day there were more stories, more knocking on doors and more intruding into peoples’ lives.

Red Lake is one of the poorest Native American reservations in innesota and has all the problems that go with that: alcoholism, drug abuse, unemployment and disintegrating families. People should know about these problems and Moran is absolutely correct in writing that they are not addressed enough, but I felt like the media coverage of this case was less of an attempt to understand and address these issues than it was of staring at some strange foreign world that luckily we will never have to enter.

Mary Kennedy (SFS ’04)

April 9, 2005

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