Tim Giago, editor emeritus of Native Sun News and founding president of the Native American Journalists Association, has long argued for use of the term "American Indian" over "Native American." He returned to the subject in the Sept. 23 edition of Native Sun News.
"The choice of 'Native American' came into vogue in the late 1970s because there were those who objected to the word 'Indian' never knowing that 'Indian' was the Spanish version of 'Indios'[,] a name some would translate to mean a shortened version of 'Niño’s de Indios' or 'Children of God.' As the name traveled north it slowly went from Indios to Indian and no, Columbus was not so stupid that he thought he landed in India or the West Indies. . . ."
Giago also wrote, "In this world of political correctness, it is a shame that the identity of a people who have always called themselves Indians are now left in a state of confused identities. Enos Poor Bear, former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, said many years ago, 'I was born an Indian and I will die an Indian.'
"If the mainstream media wants to change our identity they should at least consult with the thousands of Indian elders who still call themselves 'Indians.' And in the meantime Indian newspapers and radio stations should take the advice we just offered and ask their own tribal elders what name they prefer to be called. We are probably engaged in a losing battle because the national media has far more influence that we do, but at least in most cases we will used the term 'Indian' when we feel it is appropriate. . . ."
"Award-winning journalist and multimedia producer Cecilia Vaisman, who brought the pressing issues of her native Latin America to the forefront of radio audiences in the United States through her passionate style of storytelling [accessible via search engine], died Sunday after a battle with breast cancer, according to her colleagues,"Tony Briscoe reported Sunday for the Chicago Tribune. "She was 54.
"Vaisman, who earned two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged, among numerous other commendations, had her radio documentaries broadcast on WBEZ's 'This American Life,' National Public Radio's 'All Things Considered' and 'Latino USA,' and other outlets.
"'She was such a radio genius,' said Alan Weisman, co-founder of Homelands Productions, an independent media cooperative. 'She was not only a good reporter working for radio, but her work was very richly produced. It was like setting news to music with lots of sound interwoven. She was a master at that.'
"Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in northern New Jersey, Vaisman was the youngest of four children. She earned a degree in Latin American studies from Barnard College in New York City and later joined the staff of NPR in Washington as a producer in 1986. . . ."