GIJN/NAJA Guide for Indigenous Investigative Journalists

This guide is created to encourage Indigenous investigative journalists and to provide empowering tips and tools. Developed collaboratively by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), the guide explores eight key topics.

The entries include background information, examples of investigative work, suggestions for stories, and resources for information. The chapters include:

In conjunction with the introduction of this guide, a training/networking program is being held for Indigenous journalists from eight countries at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany, September 26-29, 2019.

This guide was written by GIJN Resource Center Director Toby McIntosh. NAJA editors were Sterling Cosper and Rebecca Landsberry. GIJN editing by Gaelle Faure, David Kaplan, Anne Koch, and Tanya Pampalone.

Thanks to many others for suggestions, including: Tristan Ahtone, Stephanie Russo Carroll, Christopher Cunneen, Mary Hudetz, Ted Gest, and Tahu Kukutai.

We welcome suggestions for expanding and updating this resource. Please write to us here.


The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—even in repressive regimes and marginalized communities. GIJN’s membership comprises 182 nonprofits in 77 countries, and its mission includes sponsoring global and regional conferences, training, providing resources and advice, and promoting best practices in investigative and data journalism. The GIJN Help Desk has provided assistance to over 7,000 journalists in 100 countries, while GIJN’s regional editors spread the latest news in eight languages a day.

The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. NAJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression. NAJA is committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and responsibility.