So much of Native American history has been recorded and told by non-Natives. But I think it’s time we use our own voices to tell our story. I think it is fundamentally important for Native Americans to preserve our culture for future generations. As a photojournalist I help do that visually, by making photographs and video of Native American life. And as an Apsáalooke (Crow), it is my deepest desire to document the life and culture of my tribe so that my children and all the children of the Apsáalooke will have it as record for all time.
I am a documentary photographer and filmmaker. I studied journalism at the University of Montana in Missoula, specifically photojournalism. As graduate of the Freedom Forum's American Indian Journalism Institute, I have had photo internships at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., and the Billings Gazette and Great Falls Tribune in Montana. In October 2007, I attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, an intense four-day gathering of top photojournalism professionals near New York City. I was also awarded a scholarship as the top student.
Documenting Native American life is the main purpose of my life as a photojournalist. It is my desire to capture all the nuances of Native Americans and to present them to the non-Native world as well as preserve them for future generations of Native American. In addition to freelance and commercial photography, I am currently working on a photo book documenting the Apsáalooke tribe of Montana to be titled “Apsáalooke Nation”. I was born and raised in Montana but I currently live in Chicago with my family.
My work has appeared in Indian Country Today, Native People’s Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, The Virginian-Pilot, The Great Falls Tribune, The Billings Gazette, the Montana Tourism campaign, and various publications throughout the world.
My work has been shown at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, the University of Illinois at Chicago, The Trickster Art Gallery, and multiple times at The Harold Washington Library in Chicago.
I have spoken about my work as a Native American photojournalist at the University of Colorado Boulder and Elgin Community College. I have also run workshops designed to encourage Native American students in the Chicago Public School District to pursue photography and videography in order to document their culture.
Academic Honors and Awards include:
Chips Quinn Scholar
Eddie Adams Workshop Nikon Scholarship
Dan Vichorek Scholarship
University of Montana Great Falls Tribune Native American Scholarship
Freedom Forum Lem Price Memorial Scholarship

A short story about my Crow Fair photography. Produced by Victoria Hill for Q2 News in Billings, Mont.

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