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September 2010 Volume 4

Donation establishes the Nation’s First 24-Hour Native American TV Channel
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California: The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $6,000,000 to launch the nation’s first 24-hour Native American television channel. The program will feature history, culture, and current events regarding Native Americans and Alaska Natives. It will air on San Bernardino-based KVCR Television beginning in 2011.
“We fully anticipate this unique channel to become a model for public-television programming across the country,” said Larry R. Ciecalone, KVCR president. “The power and influence for the good this channel will achieve cannot be overstated.”

James Ramos said partnering with KVCR will help end the stereotypes of American Indians too often portrayed on commercial TV.
“Supporting this endeavor will help achieve that objective by allowing us to tell the story of Native Americans through themes and images that speak the truth and educate our audiences,” said Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel Band. He said the programs will showcase the talent and potential of Native filmmakers, actors and story tellers.
“We truly will represent the Native voices of America,” Ramos said.
 Native American actor Wes Studi praised KVCR and San Manuel for their vision and commitment.
“As the first TV channel of its kind, it will be in a unique position to expose viewers to the untold stories of Native Americans, Studi said." The channel will be in a position to break stereotypes while preserving and celebrating our rich culture and collective history before a larger audience."

The tribe’s charitable gift will fund the first three-years of the channel’s operation.  San Manuel tribal members and KVCR will comprise the channel’s operating board.


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