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Native Broadcast Summit 2016

April 21st, 2016 All Day - April 22nd, 2016

Native Public Media will host the 2016 Native Broadcaster’s Summit with Native broadcasters from Indian Country in Phoenix, Arizona at the Gila River Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino on April 21-22, 2016.

The Native Broadcasters Summit is an invite-only event where station personnel will focus on broadcasters as the frontline and first responders providing Emergency Communications for Indian Country. Emergencies include incidents such as shootings or suicide; weather related emergencies including tornadoes, flashfloods or mudslides; and other disasters including toxic spills. This Summit will follow on the heels of our March Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) emergency communications training for broadcasters in Alabama.

Patty Talahongva, Native journalist and documentary filmmaker, will be the keynote speaker.


“Emergency communication is becoming more and more important- not just weather related incidents but environmental disasters and gun related events. Broadcasters are considered first responders and we need to prepare them to serve Indian Country more comprehensively by ramping up their emergency communication skills,” states Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media.

To-date, there are 57 Native owned and licensed radio stations serving tribal communities. In addition, there is a growing number of tribal terrestrial and digital television stations including Internet based projects. 

The theme for this year’s program will be “Our Network, Our First Responders, Our Information” recognizing that broadcasters are considered first responders to emergencies in Native American communities.   

View the agenda here: http://nativepublicmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/TENTATIVE-WEB-Native-Broadcast-Summit-Agenda.pdf