GRIN Newsperson says hello

December 21, 2018


Gila River Indian News


Hello Readers! My name is Emma Hughes and I am very excited to introduce myself as the newest member of the Gila River Indian News as a Community Newsperson. I am a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, from the Baboquivari District. My maternal grandparents are the late Luther & Lillian Hughes, my mother is Lucinda Hughes-Juan who is also a writer. 


For the past few years I’ve been employed with the Tohono O’odham Nation radio station, O’odham Hewel Ni’ok also better known as “KOHN,” where I worked in their Multimedia department filming and producing videos, which is where my background and interest is primarily focused. 


I attended Pima Community College for Digital Video Production and some of my professional experience includes working with the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, where I was an intern working closely with the curator of collections. These previous jobs have brought me out to visit the Gila River Indian Community on few occasions but I am still getting familiar with the Community and culture. 


I believe it is important for us as Native Americans to have a voice and I have chosen career interests and opportunities that have allowed me to develop mine. Serving as a newsperson for the GRIN is a great opportunity to further my experience in media and I look forward to being out in the Community learning as much as I can, meeting new people, and sharing stories to keep you all informed.