Gary Fife (Muscogee), “the Voice of Mvskoke”, spent more than a half century working to change the way the journalists cover Indigenous peoples – and was still hosting radio shows and writing a weekly column when he died Sunday at the age of 73.
Fife devoted the last years of his life to his tribe in Oklahoma and the news organization Mvskoke Media, which is owned by the tribe.
As Rhonda McBride from our flagship station KNBA reports, he was also the first anchor of National Native News.
Listen to Native America Calling’s commemoration of Gary Fife with guests Angel Ellis (citizen of the Muscogee Nation), director of Mvskoke Media, treasurer for the Indigenous Journalists Association, and Oklahoma Media Center board member; and Sterling Cosper (citizen of the Muscogee Nation), Mvskoke Media editorial board president and Indigenous Journalists Association membership manager.
Watch Gary Fife speak at the 1994 Minority Myths and Stereotypes conference moderated by Carole Simpson in Atlanta.