All about IC Magazine

IC Magazine


Uncompromising Integrity

For the past 10 years, IC Magazine has stood at the forefront of the Indigenous Peoples movement. Operating as a publication of the Center for World Indigenous Studies, we have published more than 3,000 articles detailing the rights, needs, interests, hopes and the contemporary challenges that face the world’s Indigenous Peoples. Preferring to offer ground-breaking coverage that is ignored by other media, IC alone examines the dynamics of the movement, and the concepts critical to its success.

Our Mission

To educate, inform, challenge and inspire the international community

Our strategy


With the help of media stringers and through constant monitoring of the internet, we stay on top of world events


Mindful of ongoing and emerging trends and the specific details of the stories we encounter, we determine what needs "priority coverage"


Based on the availability of our contributors and the quality/quantity of existing coverage, we strive to offer a story worth your time


With the help of our readers and our publishing partners and through the use of social media, we get the word out

Why we  Exist

Indigenous Peoples tend to be the world’s most vulnerable stakeholders in terms of: shouldering the effects of industrial pollution and climate change, political disenfranchisement in issues of resource management, land rights and self-governance, and being disproportionately represented in the victimizing trends of corporate (ir)responsibility.

Compounding such monumental challenges, remains the reality that these struggles are often comprehensively ignored by mainstream and alternative media. When they are mentioned at all, the coverage tends to be sterile, biased, and often trite and condescending.

This failure of media helps to maintain a climate of impunity for governments, corporations, paramilitary groups and others who would seek to exploit, harm or extinguish the rights and bio-cultural legacies that Indigenous Peoples hold; indeed the media's silence provides the illusion of consent such parties use to justify their actions.

Without the dedicated mission of IC working to amplify the voices and strengthen the efforts of all Indigenous Peoples around the world, with a careful and conscious effort to represent them honestly and respectfully, we have few alternatives.

News outlets and international forums for solidarity must emerge to occupy this space in coverage where there has historically been a vacuum; IC Magazine is poised on the leading edge of fulfilling this role. As the collective pulse of the movement grows stronger, so will our efforts to remain a dependable source of authentic and independent media in service of the collective interests of Indigenous Peoples and Nations across the globe.

What  We Do

IC has built up considerable momentum as a key source of news for Indigenous rights issues. By serving an audience that exceeds more than 40,000 monthly readers, IC has carved out a unique journalistic niche catering largely to students, educators, lawyers, activists, film makers and others who are disillusioned by mainstream media outlets that grow ever more saturated with political bias, celebrity worship, and other content inadequacies.

New contributing writers are emerging from all corners of the globe and representing an ever-expanding spectrum of unique viewpoints as IC is continually legitimized as a trusted, reliable source of Indigenous voices and content.

IC has also produced original research on strategies of ‘psychological warfare’ as deployed by industry and government and is an emerging thought leader that has penetrated the collective consciousness of many allied movements to this end. As a forum from which to seek and offer international solidarity for the world’s Indigenous Peoples, Nations and allies, the mission of IC is crucial in its efforts to ensure access to information that empowers entire communities to take advantage of the global momentum happening at any given moment in their own quests for justice.

IC also continues to be a leading facilitator in expanding international awareness in regards to Indigenous Peoples and thereby informing the activity of activists and allies, as well as those seeking to be more responsible global citizens in this climate of consumerism, by persistently illuminating fraudulent and unlawful activity in the public and private sectors.

The Grassroots of  IC’s History

IC began as the brainchild of John Ahniwanika Schertow in 2004 in a response to the need for a free online resource that would catalog the contemporary struggles of all Indigenous Peoples around the world. In June of 2007 the effort burgeoned into an extended mission that began to include providing new, original content while continuing to aggregate a collection of other sources. Struggling to keep up with the demand, John was often writing up to four articles per day, persevering to pay homage to the upwards of 500 independent Indigenous Nations whom were beginning to make their collective and individual presence known on the global stage.

In the summer of 2011, IC began to take on more volunteer writers and things began to snowball from there. In 2012 IC distributed its first printed publication, ‘People, Land and Truth 2012’ with a second publication coming in tow entitled, ‘Indigenous Struggles: Dispatches From the Fourth World.’ With these efforts well received by its intended audience, IC partnered with the Public Good Project and Wrong Kind of Green to offer, ‘Communications in Conflict’. Rounding out its place as a multimedia endeavor, IC produced two exclusive documentary films in 2013, entitled ‘Nagare Barro Blanco’ and ‘Broken Valley’. These two films were quickly followed followed by ‘People Land Truth 2013’ and ‘Indigenous Struggles 2013’.

In 2014, IC began making the transition from a grassroots publication to a professionally-run news service.