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1 Governance: Stage 1 & 2 Tribal Licensees Your Station as a Valuable Asset

2 A 5x5 Model Webinar Governance Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Presenters o Ginny Z. Berson o Maxie C Jackson III o Debra Croswell, KCUW o Sial Thonolig, KOHN o Sue Matters, KWSO January 24, pm EST

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5 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Debra Croswell Deputy Executive Director Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

6 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees KCUW is situated as a program within the Tribe’s Communications Department. Tribe provides many avenues of cash and in-kind support for KCUW (facility, janitorial, legal, financial, hr, IT, etc.)

7 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Tribe has well-established financial procedures (budgeting, grant applications, purchasing, payroll, etc.) Tribe has well-established procedures for all its departments: o approved annual work plans o formal bi-annual reporting to the governing body o monthly policy-level reporting to the governing body o weekly activity summaries that are shared with all department directors and the governing body, etc.

8 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees If your tribe (licensee) does not have such well-established procedures like these, the station could develop your own for internal use. This will create better informed and involved staff/volunteers and ways for the station to keep others informed (governing body, executives).

9 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Radio station staff should develop relationships with governing body members and tribal executives: be receptive to their ideas; educate them on FCC and station rules; invite them to visit the station periodically.

10 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Radio station staff should develop relationships with staff in other departments that the station relies on (IT, finance, HR, etc.). Find ways to demonstrate the station’s value to the community and its leaders (be visible at large community events, continually promote the station’s programs). Station staff and volunteers should all be doing this – it’s not just one person’s job.

11 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Sial Thonolig General Manager Hewel Ni'ok

12 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Organizational Structure – “We are them, and they are us” o Leadership made decision to operate KOHN as a government department under the executive branch o Program designated to Hewel Ni’ok (Wind Talking) when FCC approved second FM Station o Integrated into the Nation’s Emergency Management Response

13 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Key Elements to a Positive Governance – “The Nation is the Licensee, We are the Agents” o Well Defined Roles and Responsibilities o Established Policies o Support Services o Information Flow o Culturally based programming and operations

14 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Value to Community – “How do you know?” o All Employees embrace the concept that they represent the station, but are agents of the licensee o Promote the station as a resource o Value the services – Issue Statement of services listing the value of announcements

15 Governance - Stage 1&2 Tribal Licensees Sue Matters Station Manager KWSO - Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

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