(pronounced kw-ee-ss)

Kwis is a Coeur d'Alene Tribal language term literally meaning 'to be called.' In 2008, a contest was held to determine the station's call letters. The staff of Hn'qwa'qwe'eln, (also known as The Coeur d'Alene Tribal Language Department) submitted the winning entry. 

KWIS Radio is a non-commercial, educational community radio station dedicated to preserving the Culture, Language and 

History of Coeur d’Alene Tribe. 

KWIS serves to bridge the gaps between Native and non-Native communities

 and strives to educate and enhance Cultural awareness through 

programming and affiliated content.

KWIS offers community members the opportunity to be involved as volunteer DJ's or program hosts. The station is only as strong and creative as the staff and members who help define it. KWIS puts an important focus on highlighting native artists and playing numerous genres that support Native art.

KWIS Staff


Tony Bova

Community Outreach Coordinator

Tony has been with KWIS since 2014. He came on board as a TERO employee and was hired as the Community Outreach Coordinator in 2016. Tony and his wife Crystal have 3 children. Tony is a die hard Raiders fan and his hobbies include coaching youth sports and helping out the local community however he can.  

Leslie Hardwick

Station Manager

Leslie has worked for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe I.T. department since 2007. In 2015 she was promoted to Station Manager. Leslie is a member of the Blackfeet Nation and has resided on the Coeur d'Alene Indian reservation for over 20 years. She and her husband Hopper have 8 children combined. Her hobbies include beading, riding 4 wheeler's, spending time with family, watching the Chicago Bears, and helping out in the community. 


KWIS Board of Directors

The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council has been empowered to act for and on behalf of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe pursuant to the revised Constitution and Bylaws, adopted by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe by referendum November 10, 1984, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, December 21, 1984. The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council has a responsibility for the health, welfare, and economic development of the Tribe and its members.  The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is the licensed owner of KWIS 88.3 FM and the Tribal Council functions as the station’s Board of Directors.

KWIS Community Advisory Committee 

Serving as the Board of Directors for KWIS, the Tribal Council has the authority to establish an Advisory Committee to provide community input on KWIS programming.  The KWIS Community Advisory Committee is appointed by Tribal Council and is comprised of (7) members with 2-year staggered terms.

Community Member
 Sarah C. Freeburg
   Community Member
 Cajetan "Caj" Matheson 
 Youth Council Rep. 
 Cheffrey Sailto
 Dept. of Education Rep.
 Christine Meyer, PhD
 Cultural Resources Rep. 
 Quanah Matheson 
 Law Enforcement Rep. 
Sam Abrahamson
 Benewah Medical Center Rep. 

KWIS Programming 

KWIS welcomes program proposals that entertain, inform and engage the community of the  Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation. Program proposals are reviewed and approved by the KWIS Community Advisory Committee. Programs are given preference if they provide for participation by the community and promote social and cultural development.