Tex Hall says employee press policy not a 'gag order'

Tex Hall, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota and president of the National Congress of American Indians, said a recent memo threatening tribal employees with termination for speaking to the media is not a "gag order."

Hall spoke at the Native American Journalists Association reception in Washington, D.C., last week. He said the tribe wants to prevent inaccurate and proprietary information from being published.

But one critic said Hall just wants to keep bad news out of the press. Jodi Rave Lee, a tribal member who reports on Native issues for a newspaper chain, wrote a column decrying Hall's press policy.

NCAI endorsed a free press policy last November.

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