Protecting #NetNeutrality for the Advancement of Indian Country Justice Movements

GRESHAM, WI – Community mobilizers from across Indian Country were welcomed to the homelands of the Menominee Nation for the seventh Native Community Organizing training hosted by Native Organizers Alliance and Menikanaehkem on September 10 to 15, 2018.

Native Public Media’s Elyse Dempsey joined over 30 Tribal changemakers representing more than 15 non-profit and grassroots organizations for a week-long dialogue focused on organizing using traditional Tribal knowledge to build capacity for transformative change.

The history of Tribal organizing, mindfulness, and traditional organizing practices were presented as tools to create empowered and revitalizing spaces for Native social movements and organizing, or as Judith LeBlanc, Director of Native Organizers Alliance would say, placing “all the moccasins on the ground.”

Native Public Media, serving terrestrial radio and television broadcasting stations throughout Indian Country, highlighted the role that media and policy plays in community organizing, like the current movement to save Net Neutrality, or a movement to protect free expression and equal access to the Internet. Broadcast spectrum reserved for broadcasting has made it possible for Tribes, nonprofits, grassroots and religious organizations to have a voice on radio, television, and the Internet.

“Movements in Indian Country are unique because of the inter- and intra-Tr