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KILI Radio - the Voice of the Lakota Nation
The Voice of the Lakota Nation
Porcupine, SD   WB00860_.GIF (262 bytes)    FM 90.1 MHz

Broadcasting to the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Reservations
Rapid City, too!

KILI Radio (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 Singers
  • 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.


KILI Radio
PO Box 150
Porcupine, SD 57772

KILI Costs:

$35 One week's gas for a volunteer
$60 One hour of programming
$500 Health special on diabetes prevention
$1,200 One day on the air
$5,000 Installation for digital satellite to connect Lakota Nation to the rest of the world
Make a tax-deductible contribution to Allies of the Lakota