Native American Journalists Association Cites New York Times for Too Many Negative Stereotypes in Portrayal of Indian Country


August 9, 2021

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) reported that the New York Times used American Indian stereotypes in a large percentage of its stories about Native Americans. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

NORMAN, Okla. - In an annual report released by the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) on Monday, the New York Times is shown to use American Indian stereotypes in more than half of the publication's articles about Native Americans that were published between 2015 and 2021.

With 900 members, NAJA is the nation's largest organization representing Native American journalists in the country.

Each year, the NAJA uses a scorecard called the NAJA BINGO Card to track how publications portray Native Americans through reliance on tropes or stereotypes when reporting on Indian Country. The Bingo card contains trigger words or terms, such as "alcohol," "a warrior," "horses," "plight," "poverty," "dying language," and "violence."


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