Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Friday, February 23, 2018
Calling for a Free Press, Brandon Ecoffey Leaves Position as Editor at Lakota Country Times
Statement by Brandon Ecoffey, Lakota
I have chosen to step down as editor of Lakota Country Times to focus on expanding my company Bad Face Consulting. This company was created to help tribal governments develop and implement professional public relations departments and policies in the hopes of fostering better transparency,” said Brandon Ecoffey, former editor of LCT.
Journalists will continue to be hampered in their efforts to expose corruption until tribal councils realize their value and pass laws to protect them. The people deserve to know what is happening within their institutions. Without a free press there will always be a veil of secrecy surrounding the work of tribal-governments.
Brandon is an award-winning journalist and former editor of Lakota Country Times and the former managing editor of Native Sun News. He is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation who was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who earned his education from Dartmouth College. He founded Bad Face Consulting in 2016
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