Native American net to launch next month

Indian country’s first satellite radio network is set to launch Oct. 31 with a weekday hourlong anthology of native programming
from producers around the country. Supported by a 27-month, $459,000 grant from CPB, American Indian Radio
on Satellite (AIROS) will link about 25 tribal stations in 10 states
— many on reservations where radio is the sole telecommunications
service. AIROS directors see the network as a first step toward an ambitious
goal: building and linking stations on 250 Indian reservations. “It’s historic,” says Susan Braine, an Assiniboine Sioux, who
has been the network’s one-woman staff since January.