CROW AGENCY – After 20 years of reporting for print media, area reporter Luella Brien has launched her own digital outlet that covers the Crow Indian Reservation and surrounding areas.
“I just decided on a whim to start it because I was really sick of seeing it in the mainstream media, like stories of powwows and dead Indians,” Brien said.
Four Points Press is operated by a larger non-profit media company called Four Points Media, Inc.
In part, the About Us page on FourPointsPress.com reads as follows:
“The mission of Four Points Media, Inc. is to work independently and collaboratively with the community to enrich the minds, spirits and lives of people in Indian Country by producing meaningful stories through the production of timely published and audio works, through the news website Four Points Press, Four Points Productions and Four Points Publishing House.
Brien felt that his work in area newspapers did not have a big enough impact on how tribal members are portrayed in the media.
“When I had kids, I really started to think about that representation and how it limited them, and so for the last 15 years or so it boiled in my head. And it was like now or never,” she said.
A registered member of the Crow Tribe, Brien lives on the Crow Indian Reservation. She said she felt it gave her an edge.
“But I don’t think it gives me a monopoly at all,” she said.
Launched in early November, Brien operates Four Points Press alone, writes all articles and works as editor.
“I think part of the mission of Four Points Press is, once I start hiring, to give my reporters the skills to report on Indigenous stories, regardless of their background, because I I’ve seen it before,” Brien said.
Media coverage has included the Crow Tribal legislative election.
“One of the big stories that got the most clicks was that one of the Reno District candidates had the same name as a guy who was in Billings District Court, his name is Cody Minks, and he there was a guy who was facing charges named Cody Minks and it was getting a little confusing during election time and people were using him against him so we had a story called ‘Cody Minks vs Cody Minks: The Real Cody Will Minks please stand up? and it got a lot of traffic,” Brien said.
Brien shared Four Points Media, Inc. is gearing up for its December giving campaign. All donations are tax deductible.
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