2017 Investigative Reporting for Broadcast Finalist: Oregon Public Broadcasting Staff

Rob Manning and Tony Schick (Reporters) | Oregon Public Broadcasting

About the Entry

A federally run boarding school intended to prepare Native American youth for college instead failed to provide adequate academic instruction even as some students suffered physical and mental health issues, according to the broadcasting team’s investigation.

Comments from the Judges

“Reporters at Oregon Public Broadcast showed persistent watchdog reporting while they spent three years investigating Chemawa Indian School, one of only four Native American boarding schools still run directly by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education.”

“This is a heartbreaking tale: a place that’s supposed to be a refuge and safe learning environment for Native youth that’s become overprotective at best and negligent at worst, with multiple students dying on or off campus.”