Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey killed in car collision
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"Dewey won acclaim for his live footage of the 2016 demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. His visuals of Native Americans being sprayed with water cannons in freezing weather were viewed by hundreds of thousands after appearing online and in the news," Metz reports for AP.
Paiute Shoshone filmmaker Myron Dewey was killed in a car crash on Sunday morning after broadcasting live from the Yomba bombing range on Saturday. Myron, Walker River Paiute and founder of Digital Smoke Signals, provided drone surveillance during the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline by Water Protectors in Standing Rock, North Dakota. Myron is co-director of the film 'Awake.'
Digital Smoke Signals said on Sunday, "We are in receipt of the devastating news that the founder of Digital Smoke Signals, Myron Dewey, has progressed on and is now on his journey to the Spirit World."
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"You told me that because you saw so much violence as a child, that it motivated you to do historical trauma training with youth and tribes."
"I am at a loss for words. Now you are amongst the greats in the Spirit World. Love you forever, my brother Myron!!! See you on the other side. I will always remember you as you are pictured below, during Standing Rock. #NoDAPL Pesha u," Acree-Paez said.
"Dewey founded Digital Smoke Signals, a media production company that shared live frontline footage during the 2016 protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. His drone footage of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline garnered recognition for the cause and elevated his status as a journalist covering environmental and Indigenous issues."
Read the article at Native News online: https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/award-winning-native-american-journalist-myron-dewey-founder-of-digital-smoke-signals-passes-away
Myron Dewey is a filmmaker, journalist, digital storyteller, and the founder of Digital Smoke Signals, a media production company that aims to give a platform to indigenous voices in media. His drone footage of the Standing Rock movement protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) marks him as one of the most important journalistic voices working on environmental and indigenous issues today. Through both Digital Smoke Signals and his own media work, Dewey seeks to bridge the digital divide throughout Indian Country and to indigenize media with core indigenous cultural values.
Dewey has received numerous awards for his journalism and media production, including the Michelle Moor Award for Community Journalism and the Man of the Year Award from Medicine Winds News. In 2018 he was given an Award of Merit by the University of Kansas Department of Film & Media Studies; he is a 2017 winner of the New York City Drone Film Festival in the category of News/Documentary for a short film monitoring North Dakota police at the NoDAPL protest site; and he co-directed the award-winning 2017 film Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, which tells the story of the NoDAPL movement and the native-led peaceful resistance and fight for clean water, the environment, and the future of the planet.
Dewey has over twenty years experience working to bridge the digital divide in media and technology throughout Indian Country, both as an educator and technology expert building technology infrastructures. He began his career as a wildland firefighter and firefighting trainer at Haskell Indian Nations University and went on to work as a webmaster, technical trainer, and technical consultant at both Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas from 2000 to 2007. From 2009 to 2013 he taught computing, digital media, and mobile app programming at Northwest Indian College in Tulalip, Washington, where he received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2010. That year, he was accepted into the acclaimed Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) Ambassadors Program, where he expanded his projects to build technological equity for indigenous people.
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Brenda Norrell has been a journalist in Indian country for 39 years. Norrell began reporting for the Navajo Times during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She also served as a correspondent for Associated Press and USA Today on the Navajo Nation and in federal courts. Her articles have appeared in Outside magazine and in media across the west.
After serving as a longtime staff news reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored and terminated in 2006. She created Censored News.
For 15 years, she has been blacklisted by the mainstream media.
During this time, she provided live coverage, including five months broadcasting live on the Longest Walk Talk Radio in 2008 with Govinda Dalton at Earthcycles. The live coast-to-coast broadcast included interviews with Paiute and Shoshone on the radio bus in Stillwater and Fallon, Nevada. https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2008/02/longest-walk-paiute-and-vision-of.html
Norrell traveled with the Zapatistas in Mexico on journeys spanning more than a decade. She joined Bolivia President Evo Morales at his home community in the mountains of Bolivia during the Mother Earth gathering and Via Campesina at the UN Climate Summit in Cancun. She has provided news from the Arizona border and the west for the past two decades.
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