Broadband for Rural Areas

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 27, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Every day, 73 percent of us go online. The White House’s Broadband Opportunity Council now calls internet access a core utility, infrastructure as necessary as water, sewers, and electricity. Yet the digital divide between rural and urban areas still exists: 53 percent of rural Americans, some 22 million people, lack access to broadband. On Tribal lands, the statistics are 63 percent, or 2.5 million people.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Agriculture, Tribes, Rural Issues

2014 Tribal Nations Conference: Outreach to Native American Youth

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Dec 4, 2014 5:00:00 AM

Obama_at_Tribal_Conference-1When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with Native American youth of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation this past June, they walked away shaken. "[S]ome of these kids were carrying burdens no young person should ever have to carry,” the president remarked during Wednesday’s White House Tribal Nations Conference, where his administration met with 566 federally recognized tribes from across the United States. Those young people's stories, captured by the statistics, speak of lives affected by homelessness, addiction, poverty, and a suicide rate three times the national average.

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Topics: Education, Tribes