The staff of the tribal newspaper of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Hownikan, recently picked up four awards at the annual Native American Journalism Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The newspaper’s impressive visuals, specifically those photos captured by staff photographer Bo Apitz, resulted in two first place finishes. Apitz took home the top awards for both the best print news photograph and best featured print photograph categories for monthly and semi-monthly publications.

Trey DeLonais, who is responsible for many of the graphics and overall page layout of the paper, won third place in the best print layout category for monthly and semi-monthly publications.

The paper also took second place in the semi-monthly and monthly print publications for general excellence. NAJA received more than 600 entries and recognized only 200 winners overall.

The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures.

For more than 30 years, NAJA has remained committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists working in media, while encouraging both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.