BELCOURT KEYA radio in Belcourt will receive $50,000 in federal funds to be used to replace the old radio broadcast tower, according to a press release issued by the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
The new tower will replace a more than 50-year-old tower that is losing stability and is beyond repair.
"KEYA radio provides a public service to its 20,000 listeners who would otherwise not have access to a non-commercial radio station," said Heitkamp in a press release. "For almost 40 years, the Belcourt School District and local volunteers have worked to raise the funds to keep the radio station running. With this new radio tower, we will help make sure Turtle Mountain continue to have access to local radio service, and KEYA radio can continue its longstanding tradition of meeting the needs and expectations of its listeners."
KEYA radio is a non-commercial, educational broadcast station based in Belcourt and operated by the Belcourt School District. It is the only local non-commercial radio station within a 100 mile radius. KEYA radio is the second oldest Indian-owned and operated public radio station in the nation and has consistently been working to improve its programming and maintain sufficient funding to operate.
As Chairwomen of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation, Heitkamp oversees the USDA's Economic Impact Initiative Grant and Community Facility Grant that authorized these funds. In addition to the $50,000 provided by USDA, KEYA radio also received $50,000 from a Bremer Grant and is contributing $90,000 of its own funds to meet the total project cost of $190,000.