Digital Smoke Signals Founder and Native American award winning journalist killed in Yomba Nevada car accident
Myron Dewey Death – Obituary : 49-year-old Myron Dewey, the CEO of Digital Smoke Signals and an award-wining Native American Journalist has died of injuries suffered from a tragic car accident that happened on Monday, September 27, 2021 in Yomba, Nevada.
According to native news online, Dewey who is a Shoshone and Pauite from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, 35 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada is the founder of Digital Smoke Signals, “a media production company that shared live frontline footage during the 2016 protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline close to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. His drone footage of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline garnered recognition for the cause and elevated his status as a journalist covering environmental and Indigenous issues.”
He was apprehended in the process of covering Standing Rock resistance and charged with a misdemeanor charge in connection to the use of his drone. He faced approximately year imprisonment and $2,000 fine which was later dropped.
Throughout his career as a journalist, Dewey has received several awards which include :
- Michelle Moor Award for Community Journalism and the Man of the Year Award from Medicine Winds News
- winner of the New York City Drone Film Festival in the category of News/Documentary for a short film monitoring North Dakota police at the NoDAPL protest site received 20217
- Award of Merit by the University of Kansas Department of Film & Media Studies received 2018.
Dewey was one of the directors of award-winning 2017 film Awake titled: A Dream from Standing Rock, which tells the story of the native-led peaceful resistance and fight for clean water, the environment, and the future of the planet on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, according to native media news online.
He left behind an 11-year-old son.
Event leading to the car crash was not immediately made known.