About the Author

Ray Cook

Ray Cook

ICMN’s Opinions Page Editor Ray Cook works with the finest writers and thinkers in Indian country to offer news, views and commentary on the most pressing issues faced by Natives and Tribal Sovereign Nations. He regularly publishes the works of such notable authors as Suzan Shown Harjo, Mark Trahant, Alex Jacobs, Chuck Trimble, Steven Newcomb and Steve Russell. Under his direction, the Opinions pages of IndianCountryMediaNetwork.com have been established as the platform for tribal leaders and United States Senators, Representatives and Cabinet members to present their perspectives to a wide readership. In 2015, Cook oversaw the publication of an exclusive opinion piece from President Barack Obama that memorialized the life and contributions of Elouise Cobell, titled: President Barack Obama Remembers Elouise Cobell.

Ray Cook began his 34-year media career in 1979 in the production room of the acclaimed international Indigenous journal of record – Akwesasne Notes. He was a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association; co-founder and executive director of Associated Indigenous Communications, and helped launch the computer-distributed Indigenous Press Network, Daybreak Magazine (with financial backing of Worrell Communications), the Indian Country Today national weekly newspaper, Northeast Indian Quarterly and the current Indian Country Media Network, to name only a few. Cook was integral in the development of the current Indian Country Media Network platform and evolution of the weekly newspaper into a full-service website and magazine publisher.

Cook has won numerous awards over his years in media. Of those awards are NAJA Best Column honors for A Short History Lesson for Matt Lauer and His Audience (second place); Best Editorial Memorial Day, the Veterans Celebration of the Day of the Dead (second place); Best Editorial Redskins Trademark Decision Means Phips Bounty Hunt Is Almost Over (second place).

Cook attended the Communication Arts program at Cornell University and transferred to Ithaca College for Television and Radio Production.

He currently resides on the Akwesasne Territory.

Cook’s most noted work on ICMN is as follows:

Mobile Avenger Missile Launcher Appears at Standing Rock;

NoDAPL Water Protectors Unleash Legal Attack Dogs;

Through Our Eyes: A Mohawk Remembers the World Trade Center Job Site;

9/11: A Prayer for Peace or Commitment to War?;

Tontomania—Who Are We’z Anyways?;

A Haudenosaunee Observation of Occupy Wall Street.


Articles by Ray Cook

News

Colin Kaepernick Takes a Knee

This election cycle has been a shameful joke that has exposed how America has slid backwards to the "goot ole daze." San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick takes a knee during the national anthem when others stand; I don’t find that disrespectful. Yet he took it in the for...

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Forget Serra; Let’s Talk About Papal Bulls

Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized 18th century Spanish friar and missionary Junipero Serra. I believe a more suitable title than Saint would be the Administrative Butcher of California. Sometimes he’s credited with authoring a “Bill of Rights” for Indians, though no such rights exist or ever existed.The Pope bless...

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9/11: A Prayer for Peace or Commitment to War?

Last week the United States observed another anniversary of 9/11, a date that will remain as a reminder of why the U.S. went to war. 9/11 is the new century’s Gulf of Tonkin. It is not just one day. It is now an era.As with the raid on Harbor,...

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Rez Should Say No to Pot—But A Huge YES to Hemp

In mid-December the Department of Justice announced that Indian nations may look towards enacting rules and regulations concerning the growing of marijuana on reservations for medicinal (commercial) and recreational (commercial) use. So far, not much has come of this, since the DEA considers marijuana a drug and illegal, still...