Noel Lyn Smith is a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, studying investigative journalism. She has worked for the Farmington Daily Times and the Navajo Times, reporting about the Navajo Nation for more than a decade.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Rachael Lorenzo calls it their “auntie laugh,” a powerful chuckle that lasts long and fills any space. Aunties are prominent figures in Indigenous culture who offer comfort when one needs help. Aunties answer the phone when no one else does. That’s what Lorenzo, who is Mescalero Apache, Laguna and Xicana, does as founder […]