Why Is NV1 Important?
Why Is Your Gift So Important?
Join the circle— DONATE HERE!
It takes a lot of money to produce and distribute all of this vital news, information, and cultural programming.
Counting heavily on public and foundation funding (or any huge single source) in a climate where non-profits are clamoring for a smaller allotment is not—pardon the pun—sound policy.
There is no such thing as a circle of one. To provide such a vital service, we need everyone who believes in our mission to join the circle of support. Why? Your individual gift, combined with others, helps us to continue to provide information available nowhere else, preserve traditions while using the most up-to-date technology, and increase cross-cultural understanding.
With you in the circle, we can fulfill this mission with a vision that is strong and a voice that is free. For that, you have our deep and sincere appreciation.
A Brief History
The first Native radio stations began broadcasting in the 1970’s to provide news and information in areas where telephones and other media did not reach—across vast reservations and far-flung arctic communities, often broadcasting in the local Native language and English. They have proven, over the decades, vital in managing information, preserving our cultures, and controlling our own destiny.
By the mid-1980’s, programs that could be shared across the country began to be produced, such as National Native News, the first daily radio news broadcast from a Native perspective.
As more national programs were created, and Natives moved to urban areas, there was a need for a nationwide network to distribute Native programming. This gave rise to AIROS, the precursor to Native Voice One.
Current Vital Role
With over 78% of Native Americans living off reservation, and with the widespread penetration of the Internet, podcasting, and mobile communication, it is NV1.org that will continue to link radio stations and high tech users. NV1 will continue to link rural and urban Natives together and provide a vital hub for disseminating information and preserving culture from Barrow, Alaska to Oklahoma City.
Native programming—on NV1 and on radio stations throughout North America—is also an effective way to combat stereotypes and false impressions of Native peoples among the broader non-Native audience.