Kwatsan Radio was founded in 2010 by a group of Quechan tribal members of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in Winterhaven, CA. Our members are focused on a modern approach to increasing knowledge around the culture and traditions of the Quechan people.
The organization began broadcasting culture-related content via an online radio station and website, particularly focused on the Quechan community youth population. The station became quickly recognized as a news source of local happenings and cultural information for Quechan tribal members living off-reservation.
To expand on their digital outreach efforts, the group adopted the name Kwatsan Media, Inc. and earned 501 (c) (3) status in 2015.
Williem is an enrolled tribal member of the Kwatsan Indian Nation and Kwatsan Media, Inc. co-founder and board member. Williem contributes to the organization in various capacities, most notably, by linking KMI to cultural preservation efforts alongside his family’s non-profit, Ahmut Pipa Foundation, KMI's first-ever sponsor. Williem is well-connected on and off-reservation and helps to create opportunities for partnerships across professional industries and interpersonally. Williem uses his knowledge and experiences to elevate and enhance social and political awareness for the Kwatsan people.
Lycia Ortega Maddocks is an enrolled member of the Kwatsan Indian Nation and actively serves on the KMI board as board President and Marketing and Public Relations lead. Lycia is one of the original founding board members for KMI and helped to successfully orchestrate communications around movements and events such as Vote for Hope and Stomp Out Bullying, featuring A Tribe Called Red. Lycia’s educational background includes Indigenous Peoples Law, Business Communications, and Film & Video production degrees and she is also a member of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. Lycia works through KMI to engage and energize Kwatsan youth and the community, about actively preserving Kwatsan culture.
Kitfox is an enrolled tribal member of the Kwatsan Indian Nation & Board Director.
After a brief stint in the US Navy (Pearl Harbor, HI. 1993-1996), he decided to follow up on his career path and become a graphic artist. His role as a contract Senior Designer for various agencies in Los Angeles, allow him to actively contribute to the art direction of Kwatsan Media. He spends most of his time researching the latest tech / graphic trends, creating marketing campaigns, and keeping our visual game strong. Also interested in preserving the past and shaping our future, KMI reached out and connected the dots.