News Release – Mark Trahant Announced as Master of Ceremony at Diné College Bi’olta’a (Student) Scholarship Gala

Mark Trahant

Tsaile, Arizona – September 18, 2018 – Mark Trahant, Editor for Indian Country Today has been selected as the Master of Ceremonies for the Diné College Bi’olta’a (Student) Scholarship Gala to be held at the Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, September 22.

Dr. Charles “Monty” Roessel, President of Diné College said, “We are honored to have Mark help Diné College raise money for scholarships. As editor of Indian Country Today, he has helped to educate and inform our native people through his insightful reporting and analysis. Diné College and Mark share the idea that information is power. He is a more than a friend of the Navajo, he is one of us.

Trahant has been very involved in Native American journalism for many years, He is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Trabant chaired the daily editorial board, and directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, Arizona Republic, Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today, and the Sho-Ban News. Trahant is also former president of the Native American Journalists Association.

In addition to his editorial role at Indian Country Today, Trahant hosts a weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One, while also reporting and commenting on events and trends through his blog at He also serves as a faculty member at the University of North Dakota as the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism.

The evening gala will begin at 6:00 pm with a silent auction featuring American Indian art & jewelry, as well as gifts and services, form a variety of businesses. The gala dinner and program entertainment are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.

Diné College is inviting all to consider supporting their goal of raising funds for student scholarships. Diné College is a 501(C)3 organization, and contributions to the event may be tax-deductible.

For more information about the inaugural Diné College Bi’olta’a (Student) Scholarship Gala, go to, or for additional questions, contact Benita Lopez at the Office of the President by email at


About Diné College

Diné College is the first tribally controlled and accredited collegiate institution in the United States. Established in 1968 as Navajo Community College, it was later renamed Diné College. The Navajo Nation sought to create an institution of higher education that encouraged Navajo youth to become contributing members of the Navajo Nation and the world.



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