In fact, it’s simpler to say “goodbye” when it’s not an actual goodbye. To tamp down any rising panic, Neeta gained’t be leaving the group. In reality, she’ll proceed sustaining the Indian Country Today account, and plans to be extra current normally, because of being freed from her administrative duties. So all in all, this could be a good factor for many of you!
However it is a loss for these of us who’ve the pleasure of working along with her—her countless sunny optimism, fierce ardour, encyclopedic information of this group and its historical past, and superb instinct for the way this group will react to potential modifications. She has been the fiercest advocate for the pursuits of this group, offering a north star to the group because it has developed through the years, all the time guaranteeing that we heart you all in each resolution we make.
I made a decision to try her posting historical past, and obtained an enormous kick out of it:
Her first remark was in response to a roll name diary/story, and she chimed in. Her first story was a few mining operation trying to open up in Navajo country, a subject close to and expensive to her (and one with a happy resolution). That zeal for her American Indian group’s rights has underpinned her advocacy work, and Neeta was an early and enthusiastic booster for Rep. Deb Haaland, simply nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to run his Division of the Inside, the primary American Indian to ever be chosen for a cupboard workplace (unbelievably).
However as you may see in that screenshot of her first diaries/tales, she rapidly pivoted to getting folks offline and into doing stuff in actual life. And that’s actually the place Neeta shone—bringing so many people painfully reclusive introverts into precise bodily contact, reinforcing the tenets of our on-line group with that very actual human contact.
And so, I’m going to take this opportunity to share some pictures from occasions she has organized through the years (it’s onerous to search out footage of her in them, since she was often taking them!). A lot of you may have your personal, and it will be superb should you might share them as properly.
Neeta, I like and adore you. You’ve made this website and this world a greater place, you’re a blessing in my life, and whereas I’ll miss you within the Each day Kos Slack, I do stay up for seeing you extra within the feedback and diaries/tales of this website.
This one is so superior:
day by day KD
Neeta has all the time been about bringing folks collectively, and I believe none of that’s about to alter anytime quickly.