Saturday, July 20, 2013








All times, assigned rooms and dates are subject to change. 



Six-time World Hoop Dancing Champion Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi, Choctaw) will perform at the National Native Media Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 20.


NATIVE Fit Morning Run! | 5:30 a.m – 6:30 a.m.

Greet the sun and join Native Fit, a group of local runners, for an early morning run at Tempe Town Lake, just a block from the conference hotel. This run/walk starts early to beat the heat. Meet Patty Talahongva, past president of NAJA, a member of the 2013 conference committee and member of Native Fit, in the hotel lobby at 5:15 a.m. Then, head over to the running path!

Location: Tempe Beach Park 


Short and Smart: Mobile Video Storytelling | 9:00 a.m. -- 10:30 a.m.

Instructor: Val Hoeppner

Demand for short, timely video is high on all news websites. In this session you will learn how to shoot three of the most common types of short videos with a smart phone. The focus is on 30-60 second video that requires no or very minimal editing and can be posted quickly. Skills include sequences of shots, getting high quality audio from your device, shooting the best five shots, and more.                  

Location: Tempe Mission Palms


Broadband Panel: Bridging the Digital Divide in Indian Country |  9 – 10:15 a.m.   
Presented by Native Public Media

Would it surprise you to know that Native Americans are early adopters of new media and always have been? Natives had the first papers, the first radio stations, the first talk radio shows and now we’re considered early adopters of digital media. Native Americans are adaptable people; that’s why we’re still here and thriving. In this interactive panel presentation, experts from the frontline of telecom, Traci Morris and Loris Taylor, will talk about where Indian Country has been and where it’s going. We’ll look at examples of excellence in digital media and digital storytelling and talk about why technology and new media is important and what it means for our communities.

Location: Mission Palms, Conference Room TBD 


Sacred Spaces and Access in Indian Country | 9:00 a.m. -- 10:15 a.m.

Panelists: Kevin Kemper, faculty at University of Arizona: Tom Arviso Jr., publisher/CEO, Navajo Times; Mark Scarp, ASU Journalism Professor/Communications Director at the Heard Museum.

Journalists need to understand laws and policies about access to records and events in Indian Country. Arizona tribes, for instance, have special rules that ban photography during sacred dances. Most tribes do not have open records laws. The keys to information access lie in relationship building and respect. This workshop will help journalists build relationships that open appropriate access to public records, meetings, and events, all while respecting the sacred spaces of tribes.  


Plenary Session: Tribal Borderlands and Beyond | 10:30 a.m. -- 11:45 a.m.

Border security and immigration are hot topics with lawmakers in Washington and Arizona. But what impact will the outcome of these debates have on people living on tribal lands running along international borders and even far from those borders? Rather than going to the same sources for information, where can a reporter find new sources and how do they navigate the federal system for information? What are some of the best and worst examples of coverage on this issue?

This panel will look at developments to come on this topic for Indian Country and reporters looking to stay ahead of the story. Panelists will include representatives from tribal and federal governments and major news outlets.

Panelists: Dr. Ned Norris, Jr., Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation; Rob Reynolds, Los Angeles-based senior correspondent for Al Jazeera; Amber Cargile, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Phoenix; Karla Gomez Escamilla, Univision Arizona news reporter.

Moderator: Patty Talahongva, Phoenix-based independent journalist.


Community Medial Models Roundtable | 9   10:15 a.m.

Session Leaders: Terry Carnicelli, editor of North Central News in Phoenix; Sterling Cosper, Mvskoke Media; Shannon Shaw Duty, editor at Osage News

What trends do hyper-local community newspapers and tribal media papers share, and what are the pressing communication issues facing your communities? Newspaper editors and staff journalists will hold a roundtable discussion to talk about the emerging challenges, solutions and trends in print, video and other formats. This program also will look at setting strategic and realistic goals, and the different and new models tribal news outlets are developing to deliver content. Share and assist in best practices for the development of Native media outlets and staff.

Location: Ironstone | Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center


Native Solutions for Oral Health | 12 p.m. -- 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Session Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation   

More than 50 million Americans live in rural or economically challenged places where there are no oral health providers, and many of these are communities of color, including those of Native Americans, where dentists do not practice.

Indian Health Service provider vacancies average 20 to 30 percent at best. This limited access to dental care is causing pain and disease in crisis proportions. Today’s workshop will help journalists to understand the media, policy and workforce solutions to addressing the dental predicament.
Alaska Natives have created the Dental Health Aide Therapists program to help provide an immediate solution to their oral health needs that could be replicated in other parts of Indian Country. And the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health at A.T.
Still University in Mesa recently graduated six American Indians to help fill the need—believed to be the largest class to graduate in any dental school.
Join this session to learn about this health care crisis and meet the dynamic faculty/providers facing this challenge.
Journalists will also receive a tribal toolkit with multi-media resources describing how the momentum is building to improve oral health care in selected tribal nations and 17 states.

Faculty: Yvette Joseph (MSW), project manager at Kauffman & Associates, Inc.

Conan Murat, dental health aide therapist at Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Maxine Brings Him Back-Janis, dental hygienist and faculty at Northern Arizona University

Todd Hartsfield (DDS), faculty at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

George Blue Spruce (DDS), Asst. Dean for American Indian Affairs, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health


Advance your career with a journalism fellowship! | 1:45 p.m.--3:00 p.m.

Moderator: Birgit Rieck, Assistant Director, Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan

Panelists: Callie Crossley, Seminar Program Manager, Nieman Foundation at Harvard; Jim Bettinger, Director, John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford, Tom Arviso, Knight Fellow '01, Executive Editor and Publisher of the Navajo Times, former president of UNITY

As journalists, we work long hours, weekends, holidays, always on deadline without a chance to step back, evaluate our work, plan our professional future and study the subject matters we cover. A year-long fellowship gives you the chance to do all the things that you never find time for: spend time at a top university auditing classes, attend thought-provoking seminars for Fellows only, develop new ideas on how news can be presented and consumed, and simply: find time to think!

We will give you short introductions to each of our fellowships and their main similarities and differences, and answer questions from the audience about our programs and the application process.


When Local News Becomes a National Story | 1:30--2:45 pm

Panelists: Jason DeRose (NPR), Katie Oyan (AP), Antonia Gonzales (National Native News)

Journalists who deliver news, often from Indian Country, to national and global audiences on a daily basis will offer views on how to move forward when a hyper-local news story becomes one of national interest. There are hundreds of outlets for newspaper, radio, television and online news outlets in Indian Country reporting for tribal communities and mainstream audiences. This sessions also looks at how local stories often have elements that are of interest to broader audiences. 


Native News and New Media | 1:30 pm -- 2:45 pm

Panelists: Mark Trahant, Independent journalist; Suzan Harjo, Executive Director at Morning Star Institute; Nicole Adams, Executive Communications Manager at National Indian Child Welfare Association, DeLanna Studi,actor and chair of SAG-AFTRA National American Indians Committee

Native news stories are receiving renewed attention amid social and mobile media developments. Such stories this year have included the mascot controversy, across-the-board government spending cuts and the Idle No More movement, which offered strong lessons for Native communities and the mainstream media alike as it gathered steam online and led to demonstrations throughout North America.
This panel will center on social media's impact and how journalists take note of trends that unfold on social media. The discussion also will look at how new media has been used to cover the biggest news stories this year and often advance a message. Panelists will include news and nonprofit leaders.

Exhibitors’ Exclusive | 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This afternoon break ensures attendees and exhibitors are guaranteed time to network and build relationships. It is being held in the exhibit hall and no other sessions will be scheduled during this time.

Location: Tempe Mission Palms, Conference Exhibit Hall


Then and Now: Native Journalism and the Days of American Indian Press Association | 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m.

Speaker: Charles Trimble, principal founder of the American Indian Press Association; former executive director of National Congress of American Indians.

Join Charles Trimble (Lakota) for a discussion on the history of Native Americans in journalism and the days of the American Indian Press Association, which was among the news organizations that covered landmark events in Indian Country in the 1970s. A discussion will also take place on the evolving challenges and advancements in Native journalism since the days of AIPA.


The Importance of Digital Inclusion for Indian Country | 3:30 p.m. -- 5 p.m.

Moderator: Dr. Traci Morris, Homahulta Consulting LLC

Despite lack of access, higher prices for broadband and often non-existent infrastructure,leaders in Indian Country have developed a vision and built self-sufficient networks and community technology centers to connect and strengthen their communities. Indian Country is finding a myriad of ways to cross the digital divide. Broadband is the basis and future of economic development, health, public safety, housing, energy, and educational models for the future. The Internet is now classified as a utility and the common carriage for all media platforms. This new digital ecology necessitates Native inclusion. Broadband is a critical infrastructure for nation building and tribally centric deployment models are most successful in Indian country, not individual residential service models.

Location: Mission Palms, Conference room TBD


Silent Auction – Benefiting the NAJA Scholarship Fund | 5:30 p.m.– 9 p.m.

Support NAJA's mission of raising the next generation of storytellers and join us for our 2013 Silent Auction at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center. All proceeds from the silent auction go toward college scholarships for Native American students pursuing careers in journalism.

Top featured items this year include signed works donated by photographer Aaron Huey, an impressive collection of American Indian art, clothing and jewelry, as well as gift certificates to premiere Phoenix-area businesses and resorts, like the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in nearby Chandler. NAJA thanks our many silent auction donors. 


National Native Media Awards Banquet | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

 Eventbrite - National Native Media Conference, July 18-21 

The Native American Journalists Association and Native Pubic Media will celebrate the outstanding work of journalists and tribal radio professionals on the final night of the 2013 National Native Media Conference. This event recognizes the best in Native journalism and the work of media professional who deliver vital stories to Native communities and the nation throughout the year.

Conroy Chino, a former television news investigative reporter, will be the master of ceremonies for this special event that also will feature a performance by six-time World Champion Hoop Dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis. 

The keynote speaker will be Michael Copps, a former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission whose tenure was highlighted in part by outreach to Native Americans and other minority groups in major decisions of the FCC.

NAMMY-nominated Smokestack Lightning, led by Roberto Jackson of the Gila River Indian Community, will close the evening.

Suggested dress code is semi-formal or traditional.

Admission to the banquet is included with each conference registration. Guest tickets cost $65 each. Join us! 




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