Indian Country lacks broadband coverage

Published September 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — On September 23rd and 24th, the Department of the Interior (DOI), in collaboration with the Department of Education (ED) and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), will host Tribes, private industry, federal programs, and other stakeholders in a two-day Tribal Broadband Summit.  The Tribal Broadband Summit aims to bring together Tribes, private industry, federal programs, and other stakeholders to build capacity among tribal communities and identify new opportunities for private sector investment in broadband. This event highlights the Trump Administration’s effort to promote better access to broadband internet service in rural Americans.

WHAT:  Media availability for Monday and Tuesday morning panel discussions with lighting remarks

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2019 at  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

WHO: (in order of appearance)

  • Joe Garcia, Head Councilman, Ohway Owingeh
  • Doug Hoelscher, Director, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior
  • Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Kate MacGregor, Deputy Chief of Staff, exercising the Authority of the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Tyler Scribner, Policy Analyst, National Congress of American Indians
  • Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Chief Technology Director, Santa Fe Indian School, New Mexico
  • Nancy Weiss, General Counsel, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Nicole Umayam, Technology Outreach Specialist, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, Arizona
  • Joseph Grogan, Director, Domestic Policy Council
  • Ann Treacy, MLIS of Treacy Information Service and Broadband Engagement Team for Blandin Foundation

WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at  9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

WHO: (in order of appearance)

  • Dr. Aaron A. Payment, Chairperson, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences
  • Senator Martha McSally, Arizona

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