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FLAGSTAFF, AZ – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will welcome 60 Fellows representing 50 countries at the 60th ICANN Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates October 28 through November 3, 2017.

Among them are Native Public Media (NPM) Board of Directors Chairman Geoffrey C. Blackwell and Treasurer Matthew R. Rantanen who were selected as Fellows in the Global Indigenous Ambassadors Program and the ICANN Fellowship Program. Both Blackwell and Rantanen are veteran Tribal telecommunications experts.

The Global Indigenous Ambassadors Program is new and designed to foster greater representation from indigenous communities in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder Internet governance so that a diverse knowledge base, particularly those from underrepresented communities, will help to advance the vision of a cohesive and inclusive Internet.

Blackwell, the first Global Indigenous Ambassador representing U.S. Tribes, states, “I am deeply honored to be selected as a Global Indigenous Ambassador for ICANN60, in the first year of the visionary new global aspect of the program.  I am excited to again be involved in the international forum of Internet governance and Indigenous peoples.  I look forward to bringing my experience working with Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities worldwide, with the communications and information technology industries, and with government regulators, to engage fully and involve myself as a tribal ambassador.  I will bring all that I can to ICANN’s important endeavors.  At the outset, I consider this unique opportunity to be the continuation of humble service to underrepresented Indigenous communities in the study, coordination, and advancement of a robust and unified global Internet.”

The longstanding ICANN Fellowship program represents various sectors including academia, business, government, civic and nonprofits.

Rantanen on his selection as an ICANN fellow responded by saying, “I am excited to once again bring my practical communications experience and all of my policy work experience to ICANN to ensure that Tribal/Indigenous communities are represented at the world planning level for the architecture and management of the global Internet.”


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 at http://www.nativepublicmedia.org/.

Thousands of websites plan massive online protest for July 12th. Other participants include Twitter, Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, OK Cupid, Airbnb, Spotify, Mozilla, Etsy, Kickstarter, and Vimeo

Native Public Media has announced that it will participate in the growing Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12th to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation. Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Airbnb, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, Medium, and dozens of other major sites are also participating.

Native Public Media and other participants will display a prominent message to our users on July 12 and encourage them to take action by contacting Congress and the FCC.

“Across Indian Country, our right to communicate depends on net neutrality and access to the Internet.  Placing additional barriers on Internet access is unnecessary.  Across Tribal communities, all of us who depend on a free and open Internet will suffer the greatest if the Internet becomes less accessible, less affordable, and governed by gatekeepers.  Defending net neutrality is our human right,” states Loris A. Taylor, President/CEO of Native Public Media.

More than 70,000 people, sites, and organizations have signed on to the effort overall, and more announcements from major companies are expected in the coming days. Participants will display prominent messages on their homepages on July 12 or encourage users to take action in other ways, using push notifications, videos, social media, and emails.

See the announcement for the day of action here: https://battleforthenet.com/july12  

The effort is led by many of the grassroots groups behind the largest online protests in history including the SOPA blackout and the Internet Slowdown.

“If we lose net neutrality, the Internet will never be the same,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, one of the leading groups behind the protest, “No one wants their cable company to have control over what they can see and do online. Internet users know that their freedom is worth fighting for, and on July 12, we’ll fight to win.”


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.

Repost from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN):

LOS ANGELES – 14 June 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the creation of the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program. The program establishes two Indigenous Ambassadors, to be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities. Through the inclusion of a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents, ICANN will be better equipped to support the next generation of the global Internet community. “This is an exciting opportunity for two Indigenous Ambassadors to learn about ICANN and the At-Large community, representing the best interests of Internet end users,” states Loris Taylor, President & CEO, Native Public Media.

ICANN is now accepting applications for two Global Indigenous Ambassadors. Applicants must be members of unserved or underserved tribal or native communities and meet the ICANN Fellowship Program criteria. Selected participants will receive travel, hotel, and per diem for the ICANN60 Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to be held 28 October – 3 November 2017.

The deadline for submitting applications is 6 July 2017.

ICANN wants participants to learn as much as possible during ICANN60. As part of the program, Indigenous Ambassadors will:

  • Work with an indigenous mentor for the duration of the conference.
  • Attend the ICANN Newcomer Sunday meeting with a Public Responsibility Support team representative who will facilitate the session to ensure inclusion.
  • Participate in the Fellowship Morning sessions Monday through Thursday to gain an understanding of and experience with ICANN and its multi-stakeholder community.
  • Submit a detailed report within 30 days after the conference – describing activities and assessing the Ambassador’s experience. These reports help ICANN in evaluating future Fellowship efforts.

ICANN encourages anyone who is qualified to apply for this special opportunity!

Original post can be viewed here: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2017-06-14-en.



April 25, 2017



Asha Hopkins, UTV62




FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA – UTV62, NAU student-run television station and production studio, will be hosting the annual NAU Student Film Festival Sunday, May 7th at 7pm at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Flagstaff, 15 W Aspen Ave.

The Festival allows students to showcase film projects they have completed as part of their studies, and receive recognition for creating outstanding films. The films shown will be eligible to compete for jury awards, and two audience choice awards where you vote for the winner.

Tickets for NAU students are $9, tickets for the general public are $11. They can be purchased in person at the Orpheum Theatre, Rainbow’s end Box office, or at the door the night of the event. They can also be purchased online for an additional fee. The Orpheum snack bar will have a selection of refreshments for purchase throughout the night, as well as a full service bar inside the theatre.

Come celebrate the hard work and creativity of NAU’s filmmakers, storytellers, and rising stars.

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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.


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.


FLAGSTAFF, AZ – March 30, 2017: The Native Broadcast Summit will welcome Kelly Jackson to provide a musical performance on May 5, the second full day of the gathering. Singer and songwriter at Spirit of a Woman Productions, Jackson released her latest single “Wake Up” featuring THEE (Theodore Yancey) earlier this month, which has received attention from local radio stations.

“Great tune!  I really dig the native drum, flute, and spoken word intro.  The take off into the solid groove and Kelly’s soaring and powerful voice gets the song’s journey off and running!  The segue in to the rhythmic hip-hop and then back to central refrain is a very cool transition.  The final acoustic guitar riffs fading back to spoke word and flute is a sublime finish to the song.  Of course, to me, the lyrics drive the song all along.  Really nicely crafted!”

The Native Broadcast Summit is a multi-day event created specifically for radio and television broadcasters throughout Indian Country to share in discussions, resources and best practices. Informational sessions anticipated for this year’s gathering will focus on emergency communications, station compliance, underwriting, and journalism.

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ – March 9, 2017: Tribal stations could experience federal funding cuts that would lead to closure for many. In the article “Will Cuts to Public Broadcasting Silence Native Radio Stations?”, YES! Magazine explores the role of Tribal stations serving remote and rural communities, and the potential impact to those communities.

NPM President and CEO Loris Taylor states, “I am hoping that [closure of smaller Tribal stations] will not be the case. We’re trying to do everything that we can in terms of alerting our small stations to get prepared to buffer up their resources, to look at other streams of revenue if they can.”

YES! Magazine, online and in print, frames the biggest problems of current times in terms of solutions. The magazine outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about people working toward a better world. To view the full article, visit the website here.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — March 8, 2017: Native Public Media (NPM) joined more than 100 participants representing over 80 independent media outlets for the Transformative Media Conference hosted by The Media Consortium in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Activities and discussion focused on the transforming and repositioning the role of independent media in current political and social climates, and identifying opportunities for solidarity among outlets. NPM, an ally of the consortium, attended the annual gathering, serving as a resource on Tribal media access, control, and ownership.

“NPM is grateful for our partnership with the consortium and its members. Today’s political climate has especially impacted public trust of media. It is important more than ever that independent outlets, which include Native media, come together to support and sustain one another through meaningful partnerships and collaborative projects,” stated Melissa Begay, NPM Operations Manager.

The Media Consortium is a national network of 80 progressive independent media outlets – online, print, and air – collectively reaching over 100 million people daily. The consortium works to grow the impact of the independent media sector by supporting journalism and media that redefines American political and cultural debate. For more information about The Media Consortium and members, visit the website here.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — January 30, 2017: Located in Keams Canyon, radio station KUYI 88.1 FM provides broadcast services to the Hopi Reservation. Until recently, the station served most of the Hopi villages except for the furthest west villages of Upper and Lower Moencopi. On January 29, 2017, KUYI extended its service to the Moencopi Villages which are located over 80 miles from the main Hopi Reservation.

Licensed to the Hopi Foundation, KUYI 88.1 debuted in December 2000. Operated by a small staff and many volunteers, KUYI focuses on providing current tribal news and cultural programming in addition to more statewide and national programming. For more information on KUYI, visit the station website at http://www.kuyi.net/.