Pauly Denetclaw


Pauly Denetclaw is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and from Manuelito, New Mexico. She is Haltsooí (Meadow People) born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People). Denetclaw was the Indigenous Affairs reporter for the Texas Observer. Previously, she was a staff reporter for the Navajo Times. She is a board member for the Native American Journalist Association. She was a Knight-CUNYJ Journalism Fellow in New York City, Emerging Fellow for the Journalism and Women Symposium and an Indian Country Today Tribal Media Fellow in Washington D.C. Her radio work has aired on National Native News, NPR's Latino USA and Texas Public Radio.

Articles by Pauly Denetclaw


Emily Grace Spydell died in adoptive care. Her biological family says the Indian Child Welfare Act could have saved her—but her tribe’s legal code prevented it.

by Pauly Denetclaw