2017 Native Broadcast Summit to be Hosted on the Chickasaw Nation

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — April 14, 2017: Native Public Media will host its annual Native Broadcast Summit, the largest gathering of Native radio and television broadcasters, on the Chickasaw Nation at The Artesian Hotel in Sulphur, Oklahoma. Events will commence on May 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. EST and conclude on May 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. EST. This multiday event will feature informational and training sessions to support Native broadcasters in their service to Tribal communities.

“The information ecology of Indian Country is extremely critical.  This year, we are pleased that renowned journalist Allison Herrera will keynote our conference.  Other highlights include two training sessions utilizing NPM’s recent publications in Underwriting and Emergency Preparedness Communications.  A focus on youth in media will include the Andy Harvey Workshop and Girls Rock Camp.  And since our conference will be located on the lands of the Chickasaw, we are excited to learn more about their Cultural Center where the Tribe’s stories are told through art and cultural activities.  KCNP, the Chickasaw Nation’s radio station, is our conference partner this year and with their help, we have a terrific line up of sessions and speakers for our broadcast network,” states Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media.

The Native Broadcast Summit is the only conference specifically designed for broadcast personnel and media professionals serving Indian Country.  Often the first line of communication for Tribal nations, broadcasters serve as lifelines for their communities, providing local and national news and public affairs.  The Summit provides an opportunity for broadcast personnel to network, learn from one another, increase their operational capacity, and grow the Native broadcast network.

The 2017 Native Broadcast Summit is proudly sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Open Society Institute, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, First Nations Development Institute, the Chickasaw Nation, KCNP, the Chickasaw Cultural Center, and Tribal Print Source.

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Native Public Media is a national organization devoted to encouraging healthy, independent and engaged tribal communities through media access, control, and ownership. Currently, 60 Native owned and operated radio stations and a handful of television stations and projects serve Indian Country. For more information about Native Public Media, visit our website here.

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