Native American programming as it relates to radio involves the transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves of radio frequency that carry sound messages by and for the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It is a primary communication method for many U.S. tribes to their people. This entry provides an overview of Native American radio, including its history and contemporary use, concerns regarding threats to its funding, and the positive effects of digital delivery.


Native tribal radio programming has been in existence since 1943 when WNAD-AM in Norman, OK, began offering programming for local tribes. Although Natives have had access to radio on Native lands since 1922, Michael C. Keith explained in his 1995 book Signals in the Air, this was just regular Eurocentric programming made ...

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