I'm Jenni Monet, an investigative journalist, media critic, and author of the weekly newsletter, Indigenously: Decolonizing Your Newsfeed.
I've been reporting from Indian Country for as long as I've been a journalist, from the coups d' état on Jicarilla Apache lands in the late '90s to the dramatic demonstrations at Standing Rock a few years ago where I was arrested while on assignment and later acquitted. At every step, telling our story has been a struggle to fit in the colonized press.
I got my start as a broadcaster for CBS News affiliates then segue-wayed into public TV and radio including a stint at National Native News. Along the way, I made a few indie docs, returned to school, and moved to the Middle East to cover global affairs for Al Jazeera where I also traveled throughout the Indigenous world.
I've been working independently since 2015, where my award-winning reporting has been published by such outlets as The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and PBS NewsHour to name a few. My media criticism also appears frequently in the Columbia Journalism Review. At times, I can also be seen and heard discussing Indigenous affairs for a variety of media outlets.
I hold an MA in international politics from Columbia Journalism School with a concentration in Indigenous human rights policy. I'm a founding member of the Indigenous Media Caucus and am Kawaik'a, a tribal citizen of Laguna Pueblo, Big Turkey clan based in present-day New Mexico.