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
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
Band. He said the programs will showcase the talent and
potential of Native
filmmakers, actors and story
“We truly will represent the
Native voices of America,” Ramos
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
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