Recently I left my staff position at the Yakima Herald-Republic to start full-time freelancing. Here is some recent work published in the Guardian and one of my favorite stories from my last few months at the herald.
YAKAMA NATION HOMELESSNESS – THE GUARDIAN
In the spring of 2016 an estimated 350 to 500 members of the Yakama Nation were displaced from 60 tribal-owned residences in a mass eviction. Some fell behind on rent, others failed drug tests or had overcrowded homes. Many of those evicted had nowhere else to go. Now some of the evicted live in about a dozen tiny homes built by the Yakama Nation. Find full story here.
THE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SALMON SCAM – YHR
Sohappy Jr. and his dad, along with three other Yakama tribal members, were convicted in U.S. District court in 1983 for selling salmon caught out of season to undercover agents. The sting is known as the ‘salmon scam.’ The case was argued both in federal and tribal court. Now 30 years after the trial, David Sohappy is still on the river.