Native newspaper men and women and Native journalists across America lost one of their best friends. Al Neuharth grew up in a small South Dakota town and he never forgot his roots, nor did he ever forget the Native Americans that made up a large portion of the state's population.
After more than 30 years of working in the Indian media on radio, television and finally as a newspaper publisher I have seen so many changes in Indian country, especially in the media, that I believe this media summit comes at the right time.
The first I heard of Professor Dulaney was in 1983 when I received a letter -- it was not known as snail-mail back then -- saying that he had been reading my newspaper. We came up with the idea of forming a Native American newspaper association.