February 18, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT: Doug Elmets

Wednesday, February 18, 2009                                                        (916) 329-9180

PALA, CA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians (Tribe) announced today it has received approval from the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a radio station on the Pala Reservation. The Tribe will now have the ability to promptly get accurate information to the community, especially in the event of an emergency.

“This radio station represents another exercise in our sovereignty and our willingness to effectively communicate with our members and the community,” said Pala Tribal Chairman Robert Smith.

The station will transmit on the FM dial at the frequency of 91.3FM. The call letters KUPA are in the process of being secured.


 “The purpose of the radio station is for noncommercial, educational material as well as community announcements, information and disaster mitigation and relief,” said Tribal Council Member Kilma Lattin. “The station will be an invaluable tool for community development, sovereignty and governmental support; not just in times of need, but all year long.”

The Tribe plans to construct a radio station and broadcast booth on the Reservation in the coming months.   


The Pala Band of Mission Indians consists of 1,117 members with 650 living on the reservation along the Palomar Mountain range, located along 5,000 square miles of California’s desert and approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego on Interstate 15.  




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