2016 Winner of the EGF Accelerator’s Eddie Prize

Kelly Field (Senior Reporter) | The Chronicle of Higher Education

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This feature provides a close look at high school students from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, whose experiences highlight the challenges facing Native students aspiring to go to college from communities throughout the United States.

Comments from the Judges

“Outstanding storytelling and reporting … and gives an excellent sense of the struggles of the Blackfeet in Browning. This is an excellent and multi-layered piece that lets the people tell their story against the backdrop of expectations outside their community.”

“This piece is constructed upon a compelling narrative and strong writing. It incorporates sophisticated reporting, just the right amount of relevant research, broad context that provided a nuanced sense of this community and the various barriers and cultural conflicts faced — from employment, poverty, trauma, suicide, historic racism and culture. This was a great read, from beginning to end.”