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Letter from the Chair

Lios Enchim Aniavu,


My name is Gabriel Otero, I am a proud member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe located in Southern Arizona. I am the Interim manager of KPYT/KPYU Low-Power radio stations. Established in 2005, KPYT/KPYU serves the New Pascua and Tucson, Arizona communities with great tunes and tribal information.


I am very excited to accept the role as Chair for Native Public Media's Station Advisory Committee. In 2012, Native Public Media selected radio personalities & journalist to attend a two week 'Digital Journalism Program' at the IAIA in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was granted this opportunity. Ever since, NPM has had an influential impact in my desire to serve Native Broadcast entities.


I would like to encourage all Native Broadcast networks to get familiar with services Native Public Media provides. Native Public Media is dedicated in working with all Tribes throughout Indian Country to ensure radio/television programming addresses the needs to each community.

The Station Advisory Committee is the liaison between Tribes and Native Public Media's Board of Directors. As SAC Chair, I will be committed to relay any concerns or highlights Native radio/television networks may have to NPM's board.


May we continue to serve our tribal communities with words of love, strength, courage, and confidence. Thank you all for what you do to uplift our Tribal Nations. I look forward to this journey.


Gabriel Otero

Chair, Low-Power 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 representatives from the Native broadcast 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.



John Bravebull

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Chair, Great Plains Representative

John BraveBull is the station manager at KLND 89.5 FM, community radio for the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Nations. He came to KLND in June 2016 for three days as an IT consultant to repair some systems and ended up staying through the NoDAPL movement. BraveBull’s second year at KLND, the Board hired him as the station manager.


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, and serves as a certified storm spotter and member of the Warning Coordination Team for the National Weather Service office in Norman, OK.



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George Strong

Minnesota Chippewa/Navajo Nation

Member, Upper Midwest Representative

George Strong is the General Manager at KBFT Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio. Strong has ten years of experience in broadcast radio management. He also has ten years’ experience in gaming, marketing, advertising, promotions, and communications. He received his bachelor’s degree in Management and American Indian Studies.

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Jeff Seifert

Vice-Chair, Alaska Representative

Jeff Seifert is General Manager of KBRW-AM/FM in Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska. An Alaska resident since 1975, Jeff has been involved in all aspects of both commercial and public broadcasting for more than 43 years, including announcing, production and programming management of 3 commercial stations and over 20 years of public radio station management. 


Gabriel Otero

Pascia 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.


Darren Brown


Secretary, Television Representative

Darren Brown is the Senior Content

Producer at Cheyenne and Arapaho Television. Brown has over thirty years in broadcast TV as a camera operator, news photographer, editor, and reporter. Brown has created Tribal public affairs programing, children's programming, and covered numerous events for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Brown currently serves a a professional Mentor for the Native American Journalist Association student fellowship program.

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Mariah Elote

Jicarilla Apache Tribe

Member, Southwest Representative

Mariah Elote is the General Manager for KCIE 90.5 FM Radio in Dulce, NM. She's been with KCIE for 10 years and started off as an on-air announcer and eventually worked her way up to General Manager. Over the past 10 years, she gained knowledge in all things radio. From announcing to programming, they all required different duties and responsibilities for each position which helped her learn so much about public radio.

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