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KSUT Awarded Colorado Health Foundation Grant "Widening the Circle: Improving Native American Health Disparities Through Multi-Media Storytelling Projects"

Dream Warriors at KSUT
Stasia Lanier
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The Dream Warriors Collective join KSUT staff for a live in-studio session.

KSUT Public Radio was recently awarded a three-year $235,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation's Community Initiated Solutions program. The grant, Widening the Circle: Improving Native American Health Disparities Through Multi-Media Storytelling Projects, will support several initiatives, including:

• The hiring of a Tribal Media Center Director and Youth Engagement Coordinator; 

• The return of the Dream Warriors Collective to Ignacio and Towaoc for performances and training with Indigenous youth; 

• Support for the continuation and growth of Native Lens, a first-person storytelling project of KSUT Tribal Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS;

• Partnering with KDUR and Rocky Mountain PBS to bring multi-media training opportunities to Native American students attending Fort Lewis College.

 “Elevating the voices that often go unheard is non-negotiable to advancing health and health equity,” said Monique Johnson, program officer at The Colorado Health Foundation. “Learning from the unique experiences and perspectives of Indigenous and Native American youth enables us to keep health equity in focus and community interest at heart.”

Tami Graham, KSUT Executive Director, stated, "We could not be more grateful to Colorado Health Foundation for their continued support as we work to offer unique storytelling opportunities and training to our region's Indigenous and Native American youth and young adults, along with our partners."

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