Message from the Chair



My name is Tripp J Crouse (they/them pronouns). My mother Rose Ramsey is Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) and still lives in Wisconsin. My father who passed some time ago is Gerald Crouse. He most recently lived in Illinois, but traveled all over the Lower 48 working with rodeo producer and stock contractor “Colonel” Bob Barnes. I currently live and work in Anchorage, Alaska, which lies within traditional Dena’ina Elnena, or Dena’ina (Athabascan) Country. 


I worked in newspaper publishing in Illinois and Iowa for 12 years before moving to Juneau, Alaska, in 2016, to work in public radio.  I most recently served as news and public affairs producer for 90.3 KNBA, Anchorage, Alaska’s urban Native radio station.


I also have the privilege of serving on and now chairing the Station Advisory Committee, where I represent about 12 Native and Tribal radio stations in Alaska. 


The Station Advisory Committee serves as a liaison that bring forth the needs of the Native radio network to Native Public Media’s Board of Directors.


The coming years bring increased challenges for Native stations, and the Station Advisory Committee are dedicated to helping Native radio continue to serve their communities. With that in mind, the SAC is currently planning and preparing to meet and construct a strategic plan that will guide the committee and Native Public Media for the next three years.


Baamaapii miinwa kaawaabmin


Tripp J Crouse
2019-20 SAC Chair/
Alaska Representative

What We Do

The Station Advisory Committee (SAC), a formal committee of the Native Public Media Board of Directors, is critical to the work and services of NPM. Comprised of 7 representatives from the Native radio network, members help to ensure that our services continue to meet the arising and evolving needs of Native stations; specifically those stations that are receiving the Community Service Grant through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Tripp J Crouse


Chair, Alaska Representative

Tripp Crouse is the news and public affairs producer at KNBA in Anchorage, Alaska. Committed to representing indigenous voices, Tripp covers Alaska Native and Native American issues and policies, and after 12 years in print journalism transitioned to radio broadcast journalism.

Jiselle Halfmoon

Nez Perce/Cayuse/Umatilla

Member, Northwest Representative

Jiselle Halfmoon is the Operations Manager for KCUW 104.3FM Radio on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Eastern Oregon. She began her career in radio as a volunteer DJ when KCUW first aired in 2004. Halfmoon's radio tenure accomplishments include implementing and producing, advocating for community journalism, online streaming, and hosting a weekly talk show.

Elizabeth Black Bull

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Member, Plains Representative

Elizabeth Black Bull has been working with the Native American Community Board since 2011 and currently is the Administrative Program Director, which includes management of KDKO 89.5 FM in Lake Andes, South Dakota. She enjoys volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club on the Yankton Sioux Reservation.

Sheila Nanaeto

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Member, Southwest Representative

Sheila Nanaeto has been involved with KSUT Tribal Radio in variety of capacities, starting as volunteer host for the “Native American Morning Show” in the spring of 2000. Her show continues to air every Wednesday morning. Sheila became full time in 2009 as the KSUT Tribal Radio Station Manager, which serves the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and the surrounding native communities of the Four-Corners.

Brian Brashier

Chickasaw Nation, 

Board of Directors Liaison

Brian Brashier leads the Broadcast Productions Department for KCNP - Chickasaw Community Radio of Southern Oklahoma.  Brashier brings a wealth of knowledge of radio broadcasting; coordinating radio tower builds, serves as a certified storm spotter and member of the Warning Coordination Team for the National Weather Service office in Norman, OK.  

Gabriel Otero

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Member, Low-Power Representative

Gabriel Otero is a Program Coordinator for KPYT a Low-Powered station serving Southern Arizona. Otero serves as host for 'The Snake Break' radio program featuring local and independent music. Annually Otero coordinates the Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts. Recently, Otero was elected vice president of the Native Music Coalition, a non-profit organization, that empowers Native youth through music workshops and performance outlets.


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