Richard Tsong-Taatarii has been a staff photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1999. During his tenure, Rich has covered the aftermath of the Red Lake High School massacre, the death of US Senator Paul Wellstone, the collapse of the 35W Bridge and last year’s protests after two black men died at the hands of Minnesota police.
Last fall and winter, Rich documented the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, capturing the thousands of Indians, environmentalists and military veterans who traveled to North Dakota to take a stand against the pipeline. His images were shared around the world, largely through social media.
Rich is currently working on a long-term documentary project titled “the Broken Hoop,” about the legacy of the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Rich’s 2016 work won an award of excellence in the Newspaper Photographer of the Year category in POYi.
Rich is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of California at Berkeley.
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