The FCC has rules that extend the eligiblity for LPFM stations to tribal applicants.
The FCC defines a tribe as any Indian or Alaska Native tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village or community which is acknowledged by the federal government to constitute a government-to-government relationship with the United States and eligible for the programs and services established by the United States for Indians. A tribal applicant is a Tribe or consortium of Tribes or an entity that is 51% or more owned or controlled by a Tribe or Tribes that occupy tribal lands (including areas near tribal lands).
For tribes in Alaska, there is low power broadcast option available now without waiting for a window. Please see information on Class D FM Stations in Alaska.
Tribal entities with an educational purpose are permitted to own two LPFM stations. Tribal governments planning to operate LPFM stations for a public safety purpose may operate an unlimited number of stations within their jurisdiction.
Tribes are already usng LPFM stations to broadcast in their languge to both provide vital information and to help promote and preserve the language. Other tribal entities are using thier LPFM stations for local information and entertainment as well as an outreach to those who are not tribal members.
Organizations like Native Public Media provide advocacy and support for tribal applicants seeking LPFM or full power broadcast stations. While new licenses are normally only given out during filing windows, Alaska Native tribes may be able to obtain a new low power radio station now under a different set of rules. REC Networks can provide assistance with this.
Through the recent rural radio and tribal radio initatives recently passed by the FCC, getting a tribal radio station is now much easier than before!