(pronounced "KEE-lee") is the largest Indian-owned and operated public
radio station in America. We broadcast in English and Lakota 22 hours each
day to homes on three reservations in the Black Hills. Our listeners are spread out
over 10,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Delaware.
KILI means "cool" or "awesome" in the Lakota language. KILI Radio
is cool, but it's much more than that. It's a vital force of preservation for Lakota
people and our culture.
Our program schedule is designed to serve all age
groups and interests on the reservations:
- A grandmother in Medicine Root, South Dakota, awakens to the sounds of the Porcupine
- A Lakota rancher from Kane Creek listens for the weather
- A young father in Wanblee waits to hear job announcements
- A young teenager in Kyle waits to hear rock and roll.
Since 1983, KILI has been a life-line of information for the Lakota people.We
have covered every tribal, state and federal election with live debates and in-depth
reviews. In the past, decisions affecting Indian people were made in Washington DC
and delivered to the reservation by the "Indian Agent", with little or no
participation from the Indian people here on the reservation. The results were
devastating to our people. We had to give up much of our lands and our people became
dependent on government aid to survive.
Now, KILI broadcasts live public hearings on important issues with Lakota
interpreters so that everyone can understand the impact of these issues on their
lives. Amidst all the poverty and despair
here on the Pine Ridge Reservation, KILI is a ray of hope and a tool of change
for our people who are struggling to build new, healthy and productive futures.
PO Box 150
Porcupine, SD 57772