The night the FCC came to town
... and Seattle and beyond rose up to greet them!

November 09, 2007
Seattle, Washington
Eyewitness report by Robin Carneen

 

  Introduction 
"The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission urges you, the Federal Communications Commission, to listen to the many
pleas
you have heard during your series of public meetings regarding media consolidation. We urge you to do all in your power to avoid making any rule changes which might unleash a new wave of media consolidation—an action that genuinely hurts the people."  
Billy Frank, Jr., Nisqually elder, Chairman and Spokesperson, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
 

     On November 9, 2007, a public hearing was held in Seattle, Washington. This hearing addressed the 2006 Quadrennial Broadcast Media Ownership Review that the Federal Communications Commission is currently conducting.  The review addresses media ownership issues in broadcasting.  Previous FCC public hearings were held in California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Illinois.  
     Native Public Media, and organization shares the concerns of others across Indian Country about the FCC review. According to NPM: "
Because the Commission still has not sufficiently evaluated the current status of ownership of media outlets by Native nations or individual Native Americans," the group wrote, "NPM urges the Commission to further study Native station ownership and any barriers to such ownership before adopting final rules in these proceedings."
  
     A personal message to our youth from Robin: Why Youth Should get involved with the FCC
     A live audio cast of the hearing is available at the FCC’s website at www.fcc.gov


FCC testimony by
Robin Carneen
(Two minutes of excerpts of this was shared)
 

ah see um  My name is Robin Carneen, I am a Swinomish tribal member from Washington State.

Welcome to Seattle and Salish Indian lands.  Many heard that the FCC was looking for relaxation...the corporate media interests immediately came to mind when I heard this.

I will tell you why this is a bad idea.

I see it as another tool of oppression for women, youth, and Native American people like myself & all who could not be here & who I represent today.

This includes many of my diverse listeners, who tune in to KSVR & NAMAPAHH First People's Radio, twice a week.

We have given them an alternative place to be heard on the airwaves. We have given them a face on Mother Earth that Corporate media does not.

I rarely see or hear of Corporate main stream media doing justice to Indigenous People, minority and grass roots people

It's why I was driven to produce Native American multi media and stand side by side by all my committed brothers & sisters that are here today.

I often see Corporate media fostering untruths that are still told to this day about our people. Outrageous stereotypical images that embarrass and often hurt us, keeping the old wounds open through ignorance & misconceptions, instead of encouraging healing & bridge building.

Native American, community & public radio stations that carry Indigenous programming offer counterpoints and re-educate those who have been brought up to believe & accept the Native American stereotypes .

We also reach out to those who lack compassion for what has happened to us for hundreds of years.

We do it on a shoe string budget for the most part, we are all pitching in, doing our part. It is a calling and a passion. Many of us are volunteers, using our own resources and means. Without big backing from Corporate Media, who are competing for the precious outlets that we currently do have for our communities and reservations.

It has been a gift and a privilege to share these thoughts with you today & I will tell you the "Indigenous Multi Media Movement"  is growing strong and we our stretching our wings in this industry.

Through combined efforts, we are re-instilling Native pride and much needed healing not just for our people, but for those all across the Nation and World .

We need an indefinite place to to tell our own stories, speak our own minds, sing our own songs, report our own news by telling the world who we are and where we come from and make sure that history does not repeat itself again.

We are responsible to tell the truth. The children are listening.

FCC please dismiss this idea of Media Consolidation.
 

A personal message to our youth from Robin: Why Youth Should get involved with the FCC

The FCC website says "We welcome public comment on how the Commission should analyze, and possibly change, its broadcast ownership rules." You may file your comments by paper or electronically:

1. Be sure to reference docket number 06-121 in your filings!
2. Description of the rules under review:
Rules Under Review
3. Filing instructions: http://www.fcc.gov/ownership/comments.html
4. Electronic Filing Form: http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/upload_v2.cgi

More resources:
Statement by the National Congress of the American Indian
 http://www.ncai.org/ncai/resolutions/doc/SAC-06-093C.pdf
Native American Broadcasters Ask FCC to Delay Nee Media Ownership Rules
http://www.lasarletter.net/drupal/node/498

Seattle, 1100 stand up for media diversity in marathon hearing
Read article

Native Public Media Statement
http://www.nativepublicmedia.org/images/PDF/npm%20media%20ownership%20comments.pdf

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