KSUT Tribal Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS host a virtual screening to highlight several of the storytellers featured in the crowdsourced Native and Indigenous digital storytelling project, Native Lens. Guests will gather virtually on Sunday, March 14, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time to watch short films submitted from Native and Indigenous communities across North America, with commentary from three insightful hosts: Ernest House Jr. (former Executive Director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs), Tanaya Winder (poet, speaker, and musician – Pyramid Lake Piaute, Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone), and Enrique Jimenez (Digital Producer and Musician – Mixteca Alta). Guests will also see exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from storytellers on their lives at home, their artistic process, and what they are doing now.

Media Alert

Title: Native Lens—Strength Through Storytelling

Date & Time: Sunday, March 14, 5p.m. – 6:15 p.m. MT

Location: Virtual

Cost & registration: The event is free to all who register.

Contact: Debbie Higgs 970-960-2803 debbiehiggs@rmpbs.org 

Website: NativeLens.org

Social: IG @Native__Lens

Organizational websites: 

KSUT Tribal Radio: tribalradio.org

Rocky Mountain PBS: rmpbs.org 

Contacts for interviews

Charine Gonzales, Lead Editor: Charinepgonzales@gmail.com 

Tami Graham, KSUT Executive Director: tami@ksut.org 

About KSUT Tribal Radio

When KSUT signed on for the first time on June 14, 1976, it was one of only eight stations in the country airing tribal programming. The station was founded by the Southern Ute Tribe as a communications service for Southern Ute tribal members.

Programming includes culture, news, Native American and popular music, and live broadcasts of tribal meetings, Ignacio High School sports, and other events. Tribal Radio is an affiliate of Native Voice 1.

To this day, KSUT Tribal Radio continues to fulfill this mission and more, expanding the terrestrial signal to reach over 30,000 listeners and Native communities living outside of the Southern Ute reservation including the Navajo and Jicarilla Nations of Northern New Mexico, as well as the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Southwest Colorado.

KSUT Tribal Radio was one of the first Native radio stations to broadcast via internet streaming providing a connection home for Tribal members living outside the area and exposure to Southern Ute cultural programming to anyone in the world. With the development of the Tribal Media Center, KSUT will continue to be an innovator and leader in Native broadcasting, broadening its circle of influence throughout Native America. KSUT Tribal Radio’s sister signal is KSUT Four Corners Public Radio. A 501c3 organization, both signals operate from the brand new, state-of-the-art Eddie Box Jr. Media Center in Ignacio, Colorado. 

About Rocky Mountain Public Media

Rocky Mountain Public Media (RMPM) is Colorado’s largest statewide, member-supported, multimedia organization and the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS), KUVO JAZZ and THE DROP. Rocky Mountain Public Media has more than 90,000 members representing every county in Colorado and reaches 98 percent of the state through television, radio and digital platforms. 

RMPM creates high-quality local and multimedia content through Regional Innovation Centers in Denver, Colorado Springs, Durango, Grand Junction and Pueblo. RMPBS, started in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station, is now a statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU). KUVO JAZZ broadcasts jazz, blues, and a lineup of locally produced diverse music programs. Launched in 2019, THE DROP 104.7 FM is the People’s Station for R&B and Hip Hop.