ICT (formerly Indian Country Today) has a 40-year history as a leading organization covering Indigenous people and issues. The organization relaunched as a nonprofit in 2018 and delivers news through a digital news site and a weekday broadcast that airs on public television stations.

With a planning grant from the American Journalism Project, ICT is developing a unique local bureau strategy to serve Indigenous communities throughout the United States. Our investment also supports ongoing efforts to build and strengthen the organization’s finance and operations infrastructure to sustain future growth and expansion plans.

Leaders

  • Karen Michel is the president and CEO for IndiJ Public Media and Indian Country Today. She oversees all operations of the news organization and serves as chairman of IndiJ Public Media’s board of directors. Karen is a former magazine publisher and an experienced editor and writer who has been recognized nationally for advancing diversity in news coverage and newsroom staffing, and as an advocate for watchdog journalism. As publisher of Madison Magazine, she launched a content studio for custom publishing, which landed a $15,000 advertising buy out of the gate. She has led news operations for two Louisiana newspapers and has decades of experience hiring, retaining and mentoring journalists from across the country. She was the first woman to be elected as president of the Native American Journalists Association and has had board leadership experience with nonprofits.
  • Alicia Hauki took over as director of business operations in November 2020. She manages the business processes and is part of the executive team with Indian Country Today. She was very active in the separation into IndiJ Public Media. She brings to the team two decades of rich experience and a background in entrepreneurship, her most recent in government grants and finance working for the State of California. She has spent her time volunteering both as a court appointed special advocate with local foster children since 2017 and also with the Red Cross most recently with public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
  • Mark Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today. He is responsible for the growth of the editorial product, including broadcast, and is serving as anchor of the daily newscast. He has a long history in journalism working as a reporter or editor at the Sho-Ban News, Arizona Republic, Navajo Times, Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Seattle Times and was the editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Mark is a serial entrepreneur. After the Seattle P-I ended its print publication, he began teaching at three universities and at the same time launched a blog, Trahant Reports, that set a new standard for political reporting in Indian Country.