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.

Interview Contact Information:

The MP3 file for radio play:

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Wake Up Music Video:

Kelly Jackson Facebook:

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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

Announcements from the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  • Stafford Act Tribal Disaster Declarations Pilot Guidance – Effective immediately under the pilot phase are provisions that include a minimum damage threshold of $250,000 for public assistance; utilization of historic preservation as a demographic factor; and expansion of eligibility of non-enrolled tribal community members for individual and households program. The Pilot Guidance can be viewed here, or for more information, click here.
  • Summer Internships Available in FEMA Region and DC Office – Paid summer internships offered in financial management, administrative & office support, emergency management, human resources, information technology, and law. Application deadline is January 31, 2017 at 11:50 p.m. EST. For more information and to apply, refer to links below:


    Grade Level(s)

    Duty Location(s)

    Student Trainee – Emergency Management

    Student Trainee (Emergency Management GS-5)

    Anniston, AL; Oakland, CA; Lakewood, CO; Washington, DC; Aiea, HI; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Kansas City, MO; Philadelphia, PA; Denton, TX; Winchester, VA 

    Student Trainee – Human Resources


    Washington, DC; Winchester, VA

    Student Trainee – Administrative

    GS-2 to GS-5

    Anniston, AL; Lakewood, CO; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Kansas City, MO; Denton, TX; Winchester, VA ; Bothell, WA; Atlanta, GA; Oakland, CA; Emmitsburg, MD; New York, NY 

    Student Trainee – Financial Management


    Denton, TX; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Oakland, CA

    Student Trainee – Legal


    Washington, DC

    Student Trainee – Information Technology


    Winchester, VA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL, Washington, DC; Oakland, CA


  • SAMHSA Funding Opportunity for Suicide Prevention and Substance Abuse Program – Made possible by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), applications for Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health, or Native Connections, have opened for fiscal year 2017. Native Connections is committed to reducing suicidal behavior and substance abuse, and promote mental health for young American Indian/ Alaska Native people up to age 24. For more information, visit the SAMHSA grants page here.
  • Tribal Grants Available for Community Coordinated Terrorist Attack Preparation – Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) was issued in which federally recognized tribal governments can help prepare communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA). The competitive application period closes on February 14, 2017. Click here for more information.
  • No-Cost FEMA Tribal Emergency Management Planning course – FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute will host its Emergency Management for Tribal Governments course (E580) from March 13-16, 2017. All instruction, course materials, travel, and housing are provided. The course will help to prepare Tribal Communities with knowledge and skills to adequately respond hazards. For additional information, click here.

Resources and other information for the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency can be found here

Posted by the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs 01/05/2017

For Immediate Release                                                                              

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) today issued the following statements after being elected Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the 115th Congress.

“I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and look forward to working with Vice Chairman Udall and members of the Committee to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian Country. In our roles, we will address the issues of job creation, natural resource management, health care, education, public safety and housing in Indian communities,” said Chairman Hoeven. “We will also make it a priority to promote economic growth. Jobs and economic growth are the priorities that will help Indianfamilies, communities and businesses succeed.”

“I am enormously honored to become the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, a role that will strengthen my ability to fight for and defend the sovereignty of New Mexico’s 23 tribes and all Native American communities,” said Vice Chairman Udall. “With the Indian Affairs Committee’s proud tradition of bipartisan cooperation in mind, I am very much looking forward to working with Chairman Hoeven and all our committee members to help secure progress for Indian Country. Throughout my career, I have been committed to working alongside tribes to uphold our trust responsibility. The U.S. Senate has a duty to support tribal communities in their work to build sustainable economies and good schools, provide quality health care, maintain access to clean air and water, and protect the deep Native American connection to culture and tradition. Native Americans have faced, and continue to face, great challenges and injustices – and while we have made progress, it is abundantly clear that we have much work to do to improve government-to-government consultation with tribes and to ensure environmental justice. I am proud of my long record as a strong defender of Native American rights, and this new position will enable me to work more closely with tribal communities in New Mexico and across our nation.” 

“I want to congratulate Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall on their elections,” said former committee Chairman John Barrasso. “I look forward to working closely with them both, and with all the committee members, to pass legislation that will empower tribal communities and will strengthen the government-to-government relationship the United States shares with tribes.”

“I look forward to working with Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall to ensure that our nation’s trust and treaty responsibilities are upheld across all of Indian Country,” said former committee Vice Chairman Jon Tester. “I am confident that during this session of Congress the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will continue its long history of working across the aisle to promote tribal sovereignty and strengthen economic opportunities, health care and education for all Native American and Alaska Native families.”


More information at


Don Canton/Kami Capener (Hoeven) ~202-224-2551

Jennifer Talhelm (Udall) ~202-228-6870

Posted by Smoke Signals on 01/05/2017

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to create independent editorial board and adopt press protection

Media Release

GRAND RONDE, Ore. – The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has joined an increasing number of other Native American Tribes nationwide in adopting an Independent Press Ordinance that will codify that the Tribal news publication has the independence to report Grand Ronde news objectively and free from undue political influence by Tribal elected officials.

The ordinance was adopted by the Grand Ronde Tribal Council at its Wednesday, Dec. 28, meeting and goes into effect in mid-January. 

Although the Grand Ronde Tribal Constitution, adopted in 1984, states that “Tribal Council shall not deny … freedom of speech, press, or religion,” the Tribal publication, Smoke Signals, has for many years been supervised by a manager who reports directly to Tribal Council. The government structure created concerns among newspaper staff members, Tribal employees and Tribal members about the newspaper’s ability to report news objectively without undue influence.

The new ordinance was shepherded through the ordinance process by Tribal Council member Chris Mercier, who previously worked as a reporter for Smoke Signals before being first elected to Tribal Council in 2004.

“Freedom of the press was guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution when this country was founded,” Mercier said. “It has always been a fundamental right of American citizens. I think that when people approved our Tribal Constitution in 1984 they included language for freedom of the press for a reason. I do believe that this is what they had in mind.”

The ordinance will create an Editorial Board of between three and five members with a majority being Grand Ronde Tribal members. The board, which will be appointed by Tribal Council, will supervise the editor of Smoke Signals. Board members will serve for three-year terms and adhere to accepted ethics of journalism as defined by the Society of Professional Journalists and endorsed by the Native American Journalists Association. “The Editorial Board members shall serve their terms of office free from any undue influence or any political interest,” the ordinance states.

The ordinance also requires the editor to adhere to accepted ethics of journalism and to serve free from undue influence and any political interest. The ordinance also provides Smoke Signals staff members with protection from disclosing their sources.

Smoke Signals has been published by the Grand Ronde Tribe since 1984 and is currently published on the first and 15th of each month. The newspaper consistently wins awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and Native American Journalists Association.

About the Tribe

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon includes more than 27 Tribes and Bands from western Oregon, southwestern Washington and northern California that were relocated to the Grand Ronde Reservation between 1855-1875.

These Tribes and Bands include the Rogue River, Umpqua, Chasta, Kalapuya, Molalla, Salmon River, Tillamook and Nestucca Indians.

The Tribes’ ceded lands in Oregon extend from the California border to southwestern Washington, and reach from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

For more information about the Tribe, visit

Contact: Dean Rhodes

Publications Coordinator


For Immediate Release


January 9, 2017

Dear Colleagues,


Vacancy Announcement Number:


Title, Series and Grade of the Position:

Telecommunications Program Analyst; GS-1101-14

Promotion Potential



Organizational Location of the Position:

Policy and Outreach Division, Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

Duty Station Location:

Washington, DC

Position Information:


Opening Date:

January 9, 2017

Closing Date:

January 13, 2017

Area of Consideration:

Please review announcement under

“Who May Apply”

Relocation Expenses Statement:

Relocation expenses will not be paid

Agency Contact:

Aquia Davis

Contact Phone Number:


Vacancy Announcement Website: