2019 Native Broadcast Summit Sponsors


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Native Broadcast Summit Supporters




A hallmark of our Station Support Program is our annual Native Broadcast Summit, which convenes the largest gathering of Tribal broadcasters and media makers serving Indian Country.


Our 2022 Summit will be held on the homelands of the Gila River Indian Community at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Phoenix, Arizona. This year's theme"Revealing the Past, Recognizing the Present, Resilient for the Future" speaks to the critical role those broadcasters and media makers have in creating and sustaining a robust Native media ecosystem that connects Tribal Nations and Citizens.


Our Summit features networking opportunities, sessions, and speakers that:


  • Support the compliance of Native radio stations receiving the Community Service Grant through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

  • Strengthen the sovereign operations of broadcasting stations in Indian Country

  • Enhance media and technological literacy to promote and empower original Native-centered programming and content

  • Grow the resiliency of broadcasting stations through proactive community engagement strategies


Registration for this event is closed.


Contact Elyse at edempsey@nativepublicmedia.org or 505.615.5754



NOTE: All events will take place in the Acacia A Ballroom.

APRIL 23, 2019


6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

Participants, special guests and presenters are invited to this pre-Summit gathering for a night of casual conversation and opening remarks from NPM leadership and staff as well as local Tribal Leadership. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. On-site participant check-in will be available during the event. To attend, be sure to select this event in your registration form.

APRIL 24, 2019


Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Plenary Speaker 

Changing the Story About Native Peoples and Shifting Power

Crystal Echo Hawk, IllumiNative

The Reclaiming Native Truth (RNT) project carried out an unprecedented research campaign designed to increase understanding of the dominant narrative and perceptions about Native Americans in the United States. Crystal Echo Hawk is the co-project leader of RNT, and will speak to strategies of its national campaign to end invisibility, toxic stereotypes and false narratives about Native peoples by illuminating Native voices, stories, issues, innovation and contributions.

9:45 - 10:00 a.m. 

Beverage Break

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Legacy of Tribal Broadcasting, Building on Lessons Learned and What's Next for the Future

Moderator: Antonia Gonzalez, National Native News

Panelists: Frank Blanquet, FNX, Rhonda LeValdo, 90.1 KKFI-FM, Jaclyn Sallee, Koahnic Broadcasting 

and George Strong, KBFT Radio 89.9 FM

This session will feature a panel of Native broadcasters sharing in how their stations got off the ground, and the growth they've seen for their stations through the years. More specifically, panelists will speak to challenges and successes, what needs to be done to ensure Native broadcasting continues well into the future, and plans to sustain the station and core programs long-term.

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Presentation

Indigenous Radio Day Partnership

Dawn Olivence, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Cultivating a Citizen-Based News Ecosystem: A Case Study of NAU Media Justice Project

Jiun-Yi Tsai, Northern Arizona University

Rachel Tso, Educator and Filmmaker

Northern Arizona is a news desert especially in rural indigenous communities, where news providers have long faced economic and logistical challenges. Inspired by the Media Justice movement that empowers underrepresented communities to tell their stories, this session will share how our Media Justice Project uses technology like hand held mobile devices and social media to strengthen a community-driven news ecosystem centered for our community of Northern Arizona University.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Beverage Break

2:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Empowering Free Press in Indian Country: The NAJA Red Press Initiative

Rebecca Landsberry, Native American Journalist Association

As Native Nations grow in prosperity and complexity, it is imperative that tribal media keep pace in order to hold tribal governments accountable, foster an engaged citizenry, and ensure a consistent and reliable source of truthful news and information. Participants will have a chance to directly engage with NAJA leadership, exploring the relationships tribal media stations have with tribal governments and draft free press templates to ensure accuracy, truth and depth of reporting.



6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

This evening, through food and entertainment, will celebrate the contribution of broadcasters representing many Nations across Indian Country. This year our evening will have entertainment that originates from our Hawaiian relatives. We highly encourage attendees to join in the celebration by dressing in your traditional Tribal wear or your best Hawaiian shirt!

April 25, 2019


Lunch will be provided for registered participants

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

90 Phones, 90 Tools, 90 Minutes: Amplify Your Content, Revenue, Engagement and Capacity in 2019

Ernesto Aguilar, National Federation for Community Broadcasters

Many stations take technology, streaming, et al. to be an existential threat. While it is certainly competition, community media has natural advantages that make it well suited for respond. This session is aimed at demystifying digital strategy and the current moment by giving an overview of the digital media landscape and diving in to apps and tools tailor made for minimal skill and creative drive. The session will cover a variety of ways for stations to develop digital goals and prioritizing needs.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Beverage Break

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Face-to-Face with Facebook​

Adrienne Luis, TrustingNews.org

The 90-minute session covers everything media professionals need to know to engage their communities, get story ideas and share newsworthy information. The presentation will discuss best practices for Facebook Live, Facebook groups, Instagram and Facebook Stories, Photos, Video and more. In addition, the session will talk about how to protect your information and keep yourself safe while engaging with the public on the social platforms.

11:45 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Presentation

IDSS and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Program

Brian Brashier, KCNP Chickasaw Community Radio

Tony Merriman, National Weather Service

Ken Waters, National Weather Service

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Connect with Social Style

Terri Hutchens, KWLP Radio 100.9 FM The Peach

Daniel Ondrejka, KWLP Radio 100.9 FM The Peach

Georgetta Russell, KWLP Radio 100.9 FM The Peach

Through lecture, handouts and exercises, participants will learn about the four primary social styles, including strengths and weakness. Specifically, discussion will focus on how different social styles impact in work setting and communication among team members. The participants will have an opportunity to learn their primary social style and join in small group discussion.

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Prayer & Closing

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

NPM CSG Clinic

This session will provide an overview of services available through NPM's Station Support Program, and updates pertinent to the Community Service Grant of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.

The schedule subject to change as we continue to confirm events. Be sure to check back regularly!


For questions, contact Elyse Dempsey at edempsey@nativepublicmedia.org or 505.615.5754.