COMMISSIONER MIGNON L. CLYBURNRe:
Policies to Promote Rural Radio Service and to Streamline Allotment and Assignment
Procedures, MB Docket No. 09-52
The Commission is taking a step in the right direction today by establishing a
priority for American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages proposing FM
allotments, and submitting AM and noncommercial educational FM filing window
applications. The Tribes and Villages have been woefully underrepresented among the
radio ownership ranks, and for decades they have suffered a lack of radio programming
addressing issues of importance to them. As a result, many Tribal members simply do
not have access to a critical source of information that can contribute significantly to the
economic and community development of Native peoples.
The importance of the Tribal Priority is further highlighted by the unique
responsibility Tribal entities have as sovereign nations to govern, educate, and care for
their members. The Commission recognized the significance of this charge in its 2000
Tribal Policy Statement. And as Native Public Media and the National Congress of
American Indians have recently reminded us, a Tribal Priority would be – and now is –
the Commission’s first step in implementing our Tribal Policy Statement for broadcasting
services. Thank you to the staffs of the Media Bureau and the Office of General Counsel
for their hard work and attention to detail in producing this important item.
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