Bad Press

98 mins


Freedom of the press, though protected in the United States Constitution, is not guaranteed in most Native American tribes; as sovereign nations, tribes determine their own laws and constitutions. Of the 574 federally-recognized tribes, only five have passed laws protecting free press. One of those five is the Muscogee Nation. When the Muscogee Nation suddenly begins censoring their free press, a rogue reporter fights to expose her government’s corruption in a historic battle that will have ramifications for all of Indian country.

Colorado Premiere


Production Team

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker
Joe Peeler

Film Contact

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2023 Mountainfilm Festival.

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Native American Journalists Association

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) represents more than 1,000 members working in mainstream and tribal media outlets, as independent freelancers, with associations, academic institutions and other organizations covering Indigenous communities. Through programs that support newsroom diversity and defend challenges to free press, speech and expression, NAJA promotes accurate media coverage of Indigenous peoples across North America. 

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