[Indianz] ‘Don’t be afraid to stand up’: The legacy of Tim Giago

Tim Giago showed no signs of ailment as editor emeritus in May 2022 at his Native Sun News Todayoffice in Rapid City, South Dakota. Giago died Sunday morning, nearly two weeks after his 88th birthday.

At age 87, the longtime journalist was in his element in the busy newsroom, fielding questions from his reporters, while ICT’s national correspondent Mary Annette Pember interviewed him about his time as a student at Holy Rosary Indian boarding school (now named Red Cloud School) on the Oglala Lakota nation in South Dakota.

Irascible and sharp as a tack, he was quick to criticize the current mainstream coverage of Indian boarding schools.

“Reporters need to speak directly with survivors who attended these schools rather than relying on secondhand information,” he told ICT.

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ICT: The legacy of Tim Giago