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Exploring Tribal Representation across American Indian-produced radio in US Reservation and Urban Contexts

Exploring Tribal Representation across American Indian-produced radio in US Reservation and Urban Contexts


This comparative research into tribal radio representation identifies and analyses indigenous communication strategies in American Indian community radio to explore how community radio practices and structures can facilitate meaningful self-representation in contexts where indigenous groups are marginalised. Through this analysis, this research seeks to update understanding of ways in which indigenous radio stations avail of and deploy emergent material developments, including podcasting and streaming technologies alongside ‘low power’ broadcasting.

Drawing on the inclusive principles of Participatory Action Research (Tacchi et al 2003), research findings will be discussed on-site with tribal communities to share examples of good practice. This collaborative approach will enable tribal members to avail of findings and to provide input into research outcomes in a reciprocal process. Proposed research outputs will span academic, public, and indigenous media contexts in order to widen the benefits of this research for media and sociology scholars, indigenous practitioners, and policymakers. The research focus on indigenous communication strategies is of direct value for EU cultural and social contexts, in which established indigenous communities continue to be significantly under-represented in much of Europe’s mainstream media.
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 189 099,84

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The University of Texas at Arlington

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 843645


Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    16 September 2019

  • End date

    15 September 2021

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  • Overall budget:

    € 189 099,84

  • EU contribution

    € 189 099,84

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