Julian Brave NoiseCat

Type Media Center Fellow

Julian Brave NoiseCat is a Fellow of the Type Media Center and a 2022 11th Hour Fellow of New America. A columnist for Canada’s National Observer and a contributing editor for Canadian Geographic, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s and many other publications.

NoiseCat’s work has been recognized by the judges of the Livingston Awards, Mirror Awards, Canadian Digital Publishing Awards, Canadian National Magazine Awards and National Native Media Awards, among others. In 2021, he was named to the TIME100 Next list of emerging leaders alongside the starting point guard of his fantasy basketball team, Luka Doncic. In 2022, he won the American Mosaic Journalism Prize for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the present American landscape.

His debut nonfiction book, We Survived the Night, which braids together reportage on Indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada with personal narrative, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in North America, Profile Books in the United Kingdom, Albin Michel in France and Aufbau Verlag in Germany. He is also co-directing a documentary about the search for unmarked graves at the Indian residential school that his family was sent to in Williams Lake, British Columbia.

NoiseCat was formerly the Vice President of Policy & Strategy at Data for Progress, a think tank, and in that role he instigated and co-organized the campaign to make Deb Haaland the first-ever Native American Cabinet Secretary. In 2019, he helped lead a grassroots effort to bring an Indigenous canoe journey to San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Alcatraz Occupation. Eighteen canoes representing communities from as far north as Canada and as far west as Hawaii participated in the journey, which was covered by dozens of local and national media outlets, including The New York Times.​​

Raised in a single-mother household in Oakland, California, NoiseCat is a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and a descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie.



The Census Powwow

A story about Cheyenne Brady, former Miss Indian World, and her quest to count residents of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in the 2020 census.

Apocalypse Then and Now

A story about how Indigenous narratives test the limits of journalism.

Opinion: Why Senate Republicans fear Deb Haaland

Conservatives have portrayed Haaland as a divisive partisan, but in 2019, she introduced the most bills with bipartisan support of all House freshmen.

Deb Haaland’s Cabinet Nomination Is a Triumph for Native Americans

We have turned a page in our nation’s history—not because the insiders wanted it, but because the people fought for it.

The Standing Rock Generation Is Changing the World

A young man from Standing Rock reflects on the Dakota Access Pipeline court decision.

In Search of Promised Lands

Uprooted repeatedly by development projects, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree wandered boreal Quebec for 70 years before finding a permanent home. For some, the journey continues.

Perhaps the World Ends Here

A history of collisions of genocide and climate disasters at Wounded Knee for Harper’s.