Rachael Schuit

journalist
Traverse City, Michigan


Officials release further comments after death of Owasso High School student sparks national attention

Oklahoma
(OWASSO, Okla.) It’s been almost two weeks since the death of Dagny “Nex” Benedict, a 16-year old Owasso student who was beaten in a high school bathroom the day before they died.  While...

“Justice on the Reservation” to address crimes committed against children

Muscogee Nation
(MUSCOGEE NATION) Recent data from Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services shows American Indian children continue to face disproportionate levels of child neglect and abuse across the...

Community comes together to support non-profit clothing boutique

Michigan
(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) Champagne, bingo, and lots of laughter filled Social House in downtown Grand Rapids for a “Bingo and Bubbly” fundraiser on the evening of February 1st.  Dozens of...

Governor and tribes reach compact agreements

National
(CHICKASAW NATION) Tribal compacts were finalized between Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the Chickasaw Nation and Apache Tribe this month.  The agreements follow years of strained...

Five tribes decline to participate in state governor’s task force

National
Co-written By: Brittany Harlow (MUSCOGEE NATION) Tensions between Oklahoma’s tribal governments and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s administration are already ramping up in 2024.  This...

Celebrate Native American culture this holiday season

National
(OKLAHOMA) As Oklahoma fall winds into winter, opportunities abound to incorporate celebrating Native American culture into your holiday festivities. Home to 39 Native American tribes,...

The legacy of Native Americans in the Great Lakes State

Michigan
(MICHIGAN) Michigan became a state during the winter of 1837. But Native people had a strong influence on the area long before then.  The State of Michigan is home to more than 240,000...

New VNN program to train underserved community members in citizen journalism

National
(NATIONAL) Verified News Network (VNN) has been committed to building up a network of quality collaborators since its inception in 2018. The free VNN app, a social media platform...

National Park Service to participate in Red Shawl Day on November 19th

National
(NATIONAL) The National Park Service (NPS) will participate in Red Shawl Day on November 19 to raise awareness about the issue of violence committed against Indigenous people in the...

How to take Thanksgiving off the menu this year

National
(NATIONAL) As Thanksgiving approaches, many people across the United States are finalizing plans for their annual feast.  But for Native American people, Thanksgiving can be a painful...