Tribe gets OK for radio station

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PLUMMER, Idaho – In the not-too-distant future, Valerie Fast Horse could wake up to the sound of drumming from a radio station that plays Indian artists.

By tuning in to KWIS FM 88.3, she could also check winter road conditions on the 345,000-acre Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. Or listen to a broadcast in Snchitsu’umshtsn, the Coeur d’Alene language. Or catch a recap of the latest tribal council meeting.

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission gave the Coeur d’Alene Tribe approval to start a radio station broadcasting to 8,000 households on the reservation, a thinly populated stretch of fields and forests in Benewah County and southern Kootenai County. The tribe has a three-year window to get the station on the air.


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