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Native journalist/educator honored
15 November 2011

ONE OF OUR OWN: United Tribes President David M. Gipp, left, and Three Affiliated Chairman Tex G. Hall flank honoree John Irby (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) on September 7 during the United Tribes Summit. The occasion was Irby’s retirement after four-and-one-half years as editor of the Bismarck Tribune. His 40-year career as a journalist and educator earned him special recognition before the assembly of tribal leaders. “He was the first editor from the mainstream press that I know of who came to United Tribes and sought to meet North Dakota’s elected tribal leaders,” said Gipp. Irby worked at papers in California, Nevada, Montana, Indiana and Wisconsin, and taught journalism at Washington State University. “It is seldom that we can recognize one of our own as an editor of a mainstream newspaper,” said Hall. “I hope we have another one like you to continue your good work at the Tribune.” In retirement, Irby plans to continue as an advocate for educating more Native journalists.

DENNIS J. NEUMANN United Tribes News






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