Media Justice for Indian Country

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Most people may not realize that nearly 60 radio stations and 4 or more television stations dot Indian Country, filling broadcast and Internet airwaves with information and data critical to the nation building efforts of Tribes and to the decision making of their citizens.

In 2010, Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media, participated in the Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society, contributing to the News Cities: The Next Generation of Healthy Informed Communities report. This report detailed the worst of times for the news business and the best of times including the expansion of online information sources.

The Aspen report also detailed explicit recommendations such as strengthening public media, increasing transparency and information availability, providing universal broadband access, promoting digital and media literacy, and expanding public engagement.

The road since 2010 of building healthy informed tribal communities for the next generation by Native Public Media has been challenging, often expensive, but steady and focused.

“Media justice for Indian Country is making sure that tribal citizens have access to education in multiple literacies including media literacy. We all need credible information and data provided on multiple platforms so that our Tribal governments and citizens are fully engaged as members of Tribal societies and global communities,” states Taylor.

In 2018, Native Public Media and Northern Arizona University’s School of Communications partnered on a grant to offer the first Media Justice Training in Arizona to grow Tribal citizen reporters with the help of seasoned journalists who serve as mentors for the project. Among the