Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance

Buffalo's Fire

Bismarck, North Dakota, United StatesFounded in 2016Trust Project news partner since

Buffalo's Fire is dedicated to Native news independent of any tribal government or tribal entity and focuses on tribal community, culture and communication.

As an American Indian digital news site, Buffalo's Fire brings the latest updates from across Indian Country and beyond to its local readers and those outside the region. 

  • Jodi Rave Spotted BearFounder and Director
  • Talli NaumanContributing Editor
  • Dan Bigbee Jr.Correspondent
  • JoVonne WagnerCorrespondent
  • Clara CaufieldCorrespondent
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Buffalo's Fire

Best Practices Policies

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Buffalo’s Fire produces independent journalism to enhance the quality of life for Native communities through news coverage that informs and engages American Indians and lifts up their stories to the broader culture.


Buffalo’s Fire adheres to ethical policies and standards set forth by the Society of Professional journalists. This includes reporting fair, accurately and responsibly, acting independently from outside influence and being accountable and transparent. 

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Ownership & Funding

Buffalo’s Fire is published by the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit media organization with articles of incorporation in North Dakota.

The organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics but maintains editorial control of the coverage. It will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content. 

The organization will also make public all donors who give a total of $1,000 or more per year. It will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by the organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Diverse Voices

As a national digital news service covering Indian Country, Buffalo's Fire's staff and reporters need an immensely broad understanding of American Indian life and issues that can range from federal law to health to culture. At the community level, reporters must have respect for and knowledge of each tribe’s history, values, and traditions. Without this understanding and indigenous ways of knowing, stereotypes will be perpetuated and sacred traditions may be violated. Therefore, they place the utmost importance on hiring reporters and contributors from different tribal backgrounds and experiences.

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Buffalo's Fire stands by reported information as accurate, and if it’s not, it will change it as quickly as possible and be transparent with readers about the magnitude of the error.

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Unnamed Sources

Buffalo's Fire makes every effort to pursue information on the record to remain reliable, transparent and credible in American Indian communities. Anonymous sources are a last resort, but some stories cannot be told without allowing sources to go unnamed. 

There are times when reporters need confidential sources to serve our communities and their right to self-governance. Responsible journalism in the public interest may depend on confidential sources that give journalists information that powerful people seek to keep secret. These sources may face repercussions that could be legal, job-related retribution or personal safety. Those risks often extend to their sources’ families.

Buffalo’s Fire also encourages whistle-blowers to securely send in tips and information that could be of public concern ― videos, photos, story topics and documents. The goal is to expose wrongdoing by companies, individuals and governments anywhere in the world. Buffalo’s Fire guarantees the protection of its sources.

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The Trust Project is an international consortium of news organizations building standards of transparency and working with technology platforms to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy, inclusion and fairness so that the public can make informed news choices. It was founded and is led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman.

Our Funders

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, was our original funder, through the Trustworthy Journalism Initiative of Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Google followed with their financial support. Our funders also have included Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Facebook. Funders. Trust Project policies and the Trust Indicators are shaped and enforced independently from our funding sources.

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