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LPTV to carry new Native American channel

BEMIDJI — Lakeland Public Television will be carrying a new national television channel, First Nations Experience, that will provide Native American programming.

FNX presents stories and content created by Native Americans to build "a diverse and entertaining channel across all media platforms," according to a press release.

Jeff Hanks, programming and production manager at LPTV, said with four reservations within Lakeland’s coverage area — Red Lake, Leech Lake, White Earth and Mille Lacs — carrying the channel made sense for the station.

FNX is a non-profit channel that came out of an agreement between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and PBS/KVCR, which are both located in San Bernardino, Calif.

Lakeland will also occasionally produce programs they hope will be broadcast on FNX.

Starting July 1, LPTV will begin airing FNX on its over-the-air Channels 9.2 in the Bemidji area and 22.2 in the Brainerd Lakes area. Additionally, Paul Bunyan Communications will be adding LPTV’s FNX channel to its cable lineup on Channel 173.

"It will bring a new aspect to television programming within our area," Hanks said.


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