Published January 13, 2016
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA – Native Public Media will host the largest gathering of Native broadcasters in Arizona at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino during the 2016 Summit April 21—22, 2016. To-date, there are 59 Native owned and licensed radio stations serving tribal communities. In addition, there is a growing number of Tribal terrestrial and digital television stations including Internet based projects.
“Emergency communication is becoming more and more important. We are experiencing more incidents caused by the weather, environmental disasters and violence. Broadcasters are our first responders and we need to prepare them even more to serve Indian Country in times of great need,” states Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media.
During the April Native Broadcasters Summit, broadcast personnel will focus on their role as frontline first responders who often provide the first communication regarding emergencies across Indian Country. Emergencies include incidents such as shootings or suicide; weather related emergencies including tornadoes, flashfloods or mudslides; and other disasters including toxic spills. The Summit will follow on the heels of the March emergency communications training for broadcasters in Alabama co-hosted by Native Public Media and the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA).
Native Public Media is a national organization devoted to encouraging healthy, independent and engaged tribal communities through media access, control and ownership. Currently 59 Native owned and operated radio stations and a handful of television stations and projects serve Indian Country.
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