Meet Paul DeMain, the Messenger

Paul DeMain, also known as Skabewis is a news journalist and Oneida/Ojibwe traditionalist.

His experience in news gathering, new media, small business enterprise development and politics has led him to be a speaker and lecturer through-out the United States. As a past president of the Native American Journalists Association, and incorporator of UNITY: Journalists of Color, a private businessman, and member of several Native ceremonial societies, DeMain has broad connections to the grass roots Native community as well as the communications industry. His general resume follows. 



Paul DeMain/Skabewis
PO Box 1500
,  Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
Office# (715) 634-5226

Tribal Citizenship: Wisconsin Oneida Nation
Descendant: White Earth Ojibwe

Occupations: Chief Executive Officer/Managing Editor             October 1987-Present

Indian Country Communications, Inc.                          
8558N County Road K, Hayward, WI 54843

Indian Country Communications, Inc., is a Wisconsin-based, privately owned, on-reservation communications, desktop publishing and marketing business focused on news and information on American Indians in the western hemisphere.

Established in 1987,  ICC now provides online World Wide Web offerings of hard copy news, audio and digital video programming on demand. ICC also distributes the publication News From Indian Country  internationally throughout the United States and Canada with a primary emphasis on National news, cultural and educational material, the Pow Wow Directory, childrens books and other special publications including Ojibwe language based CDs, Native music and books. Responsibilities include business management oversight and development, cash-flow projections, editing, desk-top publishing training, formatting, lecturing, consulting and promotional advertising programs for marketing special events or products. We are one of the the largest private sector employers on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation at Hayward, Wisconsin.


Vice Presidential Campaign Manager            June 2000 - November 2000
Campaign manager and special assistant to Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Winona LaDuke. In charge of scheduling,  travel, security and transportation, media access, environmental and Native platform positions.

Managing Editor: LCO Journal                       January 1987-October 1, 1987WOJB-FM                                                  Hayward, WI 54843  (715) 634-2100
Responsibility for editing and production of WOJB’s monthly newspaper and radio guide, The Lac Courte Oreilles Journal.

Counselor and Recruiter                                   September 1987-May 1988
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
                Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Half-time position as American Indian educational counselor and recruiter. Responsibilities for recruiting, charting of a student’s progress/status, counseling services and referrals. Special programming for activities, curriculum development and cultural education.

Adviser on Indian Affairs Policy                      January 1983-January 1987
Governor Anthony S. Earl
                                 State of Wisconsin
As Adviser on Indian Affairs, I had the prime responsibility as liaison between the Governor’s Office, 11 federally recognized tribes and urban Indian communities. In addition, development of policy, recommendations on state services, legislation, communications outreach and advisory services to Indian and non-Indian organizations was provided. In this capacity, I was consistently in contact with lobbyists, legislators and state agency program directors as well as making presentations to state personnel and public audiences. These presentations included numerous radio interviews, historical, legal and political overviews of tribes, television programs and development of advertising and promotional programs for the Division of Tourism related to tribal issues.

Owner/Manager                                                  June 1981 to October 1990
Great Lakes Indian News Bureau
                    Hayward, WI 54843
For one and a half years prior to my appointment to the Governor’s Office, I established a free-lance news bureau service for Indian country linking together several publications for comprehensive Indian news coverage of the Great Lakes area.

Managing Editor                                                  August 1977 to December 1982
Lac Courte Oreilles Journal
                            Route 2, Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
As editor of the monthly newspaper, The Lac Courte Oreilles Journal, I had the responsibility of developing news articles, composition, and layout, editing, graphics and artwork, advertising sales, layout and invoicing, subscription sales and public relations, printing, photography and other mechanical duties through completion and delivery.

Self-Determination Information Officer        June 1981 to June 1982
Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Government
        Route 2, Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
As Public Information Officer I was responsible for the development of public relations brochures, tribal conference displays, representation of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe at state and national events. Responsibilities in-house included inter-office memos and public information dispersal, development of press releases, organization of press conferences and liaison with area media.

Acting Manager                                                  October 1979 to January 1980
Lac Courte Oreilles Graphic Arts, Inc.
         Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
As Acting and Assistant Manager I was responsible for administrative functions of management cash flow, personnel responsibilities, project and daily work assignments, quality control and record keeping.

Assistant Manager                                              January 1979 to October 1979
Lac Courte Oreilles Graphic Arts, Inc.
          Duties described above.

Associates Degree                                              January 1975 to June 1977
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
               Major: Journalism                Minor: Pre-Law


Public Service Experience:

President, Navajo Times Publishing Company, Window Rock, Arizona 2004 – present. Board of Directors; Advisory Board, Sequoyah Research Center, Little Rock, Arkansa, 2001-08. President, Native American Educational Technologies, Inc.,  (NAET) non-profit educational and training organization 1994-Present. Board of Directors Native Voice Communications, Anchorage, Alaska, 2001-02. Board of Visitors, University of Wisconsin - Madison, School of Mass Communications 1998-2003. President and Incorporator, UNITY 94/99 Journalists of Color Alliance, Native American/Black/Hispanic & Asian American Journalists Associations, Board of Directors 94 and 1998-99; President Native American Journalists Association 1992-1994, 1997-1999, Board of Directors, 1986-1987 and 1990-94, 1996-1999. Governor’s Interstate Indian Council Executive Board, 1986-1988. Lay Counselor, Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Court; Tribal Bar Admission, 1980. Board of Directors, Lac Courte Oreilles Honor The Earth Education Foundation, 1980-1996. Governor’s Representative, State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, 1983-1987. Field Supervisor, UW-Madison School of Social Work, 1983-84; Board of Directors, Wisconsin Rural Leadership Foundation, 1983-1988. Governor’s Council on Minority Business Development Representative, 1983-1988. Sawyer County Democratic Party Chairman, 1983-1987. Wisconsin/Nicaragua Sister State Coordinating Council Board Member, 1984-86. Planning Committee, National Indian Media Conference, 1980-82. Advisory Board, Center for Mining Alternatives, 1980-82. Member of Northwestern Wisconsin Mining Impact Committee, 1980-1982. Volunteer, WOJB Radio 88.9, Hayward, Wisconsin, 1980-1994, Morning Fire Host 1998-2000.


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