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BY ERIN TAPAHE. NATIVE VOICE
This is the story of how I got the Washington NFL club to agree to let me do an interview with Dan Snyder, the principal owner. I planned to ask the owner about his team’s offensive name, and I pestered the club repeatedly until I scored this great journalistic “get.” Or at least, I thought I did.
Lobbying against the offensive tag is something of a family tradition with the Tapahes, going back to 1999, when my father, Eugene Tapahe, made a trip to Washington, DC to ask the same kinds of questions I was going to ask.
I messaged the... More
BY TSANAVI SPOONHUNTER/NATIVE VOICE
I have to admit, I was intimidated when I was assigned to interview Charlie LeDuff, an investigative reporter for WJBK 2 News, the Fox affiliate in Detroit. LeDuff, who is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan, was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series on race when he was a reporter for The New York Times. His writing is legendary, and his personality larger than life. I was nervous when I picked up the phone to schedule an in-person interview with him. So right after I introduced myself, he... More
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