FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn to Keynote Tribal Radio Summit

FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn

FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn

Published July 8, 2016

FLAGSTAFF –  Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will speak about broadcast diversity and why it matters during the July 19 -21, 2016 Tribal Radio Summit.  The Summit will take place at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, and will focus on new radio licensing for Native Americans.

Commissioner Clyburn, a long-time advocate for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics across the U.S., began her service at the FCC in 2009 and was re-nominated by President Barack Obama and appointed for a second term in 2013. Clyburn is the first African American woman to serve as an FCC Commissioner.

“Commissioner Clyburn’s continued support for increased media ownership among Native Americans and people of color is critical. Tribal communities continue to have a need for multiple means of communication including radio. Information is necessary to the daily decision making process of our Tribal members and radio is especially necessary where other communications infrastructure such as broadband have yet to be deployed.  We depend on radio for news, weather, cultural programming and other critical information including emergency, disaster and public safety communication.  We are honored that Commissioner Clyburn will join us for the Summit,” stated Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media.

The Summit is an opportunity for Tribes and tribal entities to learn how to get a radio station for their community and will bring together information about engineering, legal requirements, radio station operations, and programming for the sole purpose of explaining what potential licensees need to know in order to apply for and operate a radio station.  Applicants will also learn how to exercise the FCC Tribal Priority for Broadcast in securing AM and FM stations.

There are 567 federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages in the U.S. but fewer than 60 broadcast stations serving Indian Country.  More information about the Summit is available at www.nativepublicmedia.org.

The Tribal Radio Summit is co-hosted by Native Public Media, the FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP), the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) and Arizona State University American Indian Policy Institute (ASU AIPI).

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