Cheyenne River Sioux Uses FCC Tribal Priority to Establish Radio Station and Receives Emergency Comm

Eagle Butte, SD – On August 15, 2018, South Dakota’s newest commercial Tribal radio station – KIPI 93.5 FM went on air. Located in Eagle Butte, SD, the radio station with a 653-foot tower and antenna transmits 100,000 kW’s of power that allows KIPI’s signal to reach the entire Cheyenne River Reservation. The signal strength maps a 120-mile radius of Eagle Butte.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe utilized the Federal Communications Commission’s Tribal Priority for Broadcast to become one of six Tribally owned commercial radio stations. Station Manager, Thomas Eagle Staff, stated this was a “fruit