Native American Television


Education and Training
are the corner stones of Native American Television. In order to create a nationwide Native American multimedia network throughout Indian Country, Native students must acquire the necessary job skills to form the foundation of such a news network.
Training - Teaching Job Skills

The purpose of NATV's Washington Semester multimedia education and technology program is to provide Native Americans with training and certification that will lead to job opportunities in studio/field production. As a news- gathering organization, NATV will also offer basic courses in journalism, governmental awareness and environmental studies. Our courses are designed to compliment, rather than replace, existing educational curriculums of tribal colleges and schools of journalism, and our training program is designed to be a "hands-on" experience that will provide a multitude of professional career options for students to consider as they pursue their education.

Digital Studio/Field Production compliments our emphasis on Journalism by enabling students to digitally record their interviews and news stories for posting with other news media. In this course, students will learn how to operate cameras (digital and analog); sound and speaker components; stage lighting; and learn other basic-to-advanced technologies associated with studio and field productions. Students will film congressional hearings of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and other legislative Committees dealing with issues of importance to Native Americans.
Few Native American students ever have the opportunity to monitor or report a congressional hearing, to interview a congressman, or attend a White House press conference. In our Journalism program, they will have the opportunity to experience many of these events firsthand in Washington, D.C. Students will hear from renowned journalists and news reporters, meet news celebrities at the National Press Club, and speak with officials of the Senate and House Radio-Television Press Gallery. 

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of how our government works, how laws are made, researching legislative and regulatory history, and learning basic grant-writing techniques. They will learn how to prepare a one-page Issue Point Paper and become familiar with every stage of the budget, legislative, and regulatory processes.

Native Americans have always been good stewards of our environment, as well as strong advocates for protecting our natural resources. NATV's Environment Studies educational course is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of environmental issues and the federal policies that are designed to protect our country's natural resources.