Mvskoke Media Release
Aug. 9, 2017
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Mvskoke Media Reporter Darren DeLaune has been recognized by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) through their annual ‘40 Under 40’ awards.
According to a NCAIED release, the awards were created to acknowledge emerging Native American, Alaska Native and First Nation citizens between 18 and 39 years of age who have achieved significant contributions to Native communities.
“I’m shocked. I knew I was nominated for the award, but thought it was a long shot to be selected,” DeLaune said. “I received the email and am still surprised, but excited that I was chosen.”
DeLaune has worked with the tribal communication outlet, now known as Mvskoke Media since 2009. DeLaune previously administered web content for the department but began consistently reporting around 2011.
He has received numerous Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) awards for his columns and sports articles.
DeLaune frequently covers the athletic achievements of Muscogee (Creek) citizens and often highlights graduating high school athletes when they sign to play on the collegiate level. He is also a common voice heard on ‘Mvskoke Radio.’
He is known for his column ‘DeLaune’s Corner,’ named after his love for boxing, where he shares his insights about daily life by addressing spirit-lifting subject matter.
DeLaune is also known for his outgoing personality and commonly cannot go anywhere around the tribal jurisdiction without running into a friend, making him the go-to guy in the newsroom for finding outside sources.
“Darren has a good heart and it truly shows through his reporting, the leads he chooses and how he approaches them,” Mvskoke Media Manager Sterling Cosper said. “He is also a good friend. You can always count on him even in personal situations such as helping with car troubles or following up with a phone call after a late night storm.”
NCAIED has set a banquet for the awards on Sept. 5-7, 2017 in Tulalip, Washington and more information can be viewed at: www.ncaied.org.
Mvskoke Media has been separate from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN) government through a tribal free press law since fall 2015.
The department aims to be the voice of the Mvskoke people by distributing information to MCN through its newspaper, radio show and TV broadcasts as well as graphic design and printing services.
For more information, visit: www.mvskokemedia.com or Facebook and Twitter @MvskokeMedia.