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2 tribes move closer to securing FM radio stations

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Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Two Southwest tribes are moving closer to getting radio stations that have been vital sources of information elsewhere in Indian Country.

American Indian tribes hold less than one percent of Federal Communications Commission radio licenses. The commission has been trying to boost that number.

Earlier this month, it added the first two FM allotments under a 2010 rule that gives federally recognized tribes or an entity majority-owned by a tribe priority in the application process.

The FCC's order for the Hualapai Tribe in northern Arizona and Navajo Technical College in New Mexico becomes effective on April 15.

Others that meet the tribal threshold then will have an opportunity to compete for the same commercial station allotments. But the Hualapai Tribe and the college say they're not expecting to lose out.

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