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Yakama Multimedia Service

The Yakama Nation Multimedia Services Program is made up of the media programs funded through the Yakama Nation.

Currently, this includes the KYNR 1490-AM radio station and the Yakama Nation Review newspaper. The newspaper was established by Yakama Tribal Council Resolution May, 1970. The standard broadsheet newspaper is published every two weeks.

The primary news content is focused on the Yakama Nation, but also carries a mix of area, regional, national and international news and information affecting Indigenous populations. There are sections prescribed for Northwest Native news, Across Native America, People in the News, letters to the editor, a powwow calendar, sports, and classifieds.

The newspaper currently has a subscription listing of just under 1,000 readers. The newspaper accepts paid subscribers and offers a subscription discount to Yakama tribal members. There are about 800 newspapers sold at various sales outlets on the Yakama Reservation. The newspaper also accepts paid advertising.

The KYNR AM radio station was purchased by the Yakama Nation and went on the air in November, 2000, and licensed through the FCC as a non-commercial radio station. The 1,000-watt radio station airs from its current location in Toppenish. The radio station airs a variety of programming, including National Native News; the daily nationally-aired Native America Calling; and other national Native produced and syndicated broadcasts.

The local radio staff produces and airs a variety of music - tribal powwow, Native American artists, and music ranging from the 1950s through current. The radio staff also produces and airs live coverage to various Yakama tribal and community based events. The radio staff also provides live broadcasts of tribal, local high school and professional sports activities. Among the public service announcement programming, the station provides tribal members with congratulatory and birthday announcements.