Upcoming Tribal Broadband Webinar on Network Sovereignty and Current Opportunities

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With Tribal broadband advocates working to establish better Internet connectivity across Indian Country as the NTIA directs unprecedented federal investments to expand broadband infrastructure, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) will lead a timely virtual webinar on tribal broadband next week.

Nuts, Bolts, and Cables: Opportunities in Tribal Broadband” is being hosted by the CICD, headquartered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University.

Slated for October 16th from 2:00-3:30 CT, the webinar will bring together researchers, advocates, network operators, and federal policymakers for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for Native Nations working to improve Internet access and broadband infrastructure.

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The third webinar in a series on "Cultivating Native Economies in the 21st Century," next week’s session will give participants the chance to hear from panelists and presenters with a wealth of expertise in Tribal broadband. Dr. Traci Morris (Chickasaw) and Geoff Blackwell (Muscogee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Omaha), leading experts in tribal broadband policy, will speak on a panel about current opportunities in the field.

Another highly-anticipated panel will focus on network sovereignty and will feature one of the lead organizers of Tribal Broadband Bootcamps, Matthew Rantanen (Cree), along with Valerie Fast Horse (Coeur d’Alene Tribe), and Danae Wilson (Nez Perce), each policy leaders with extensive experience operating tribal Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The panels will be moderated by H Trostle (Cherokee) and Steven Shelpelwich. Trostle will also moderate an audience Q&A after the panels. Interested participants are encouraged to visit the event’s webpage to learn more about the speakers and their backgrounds and to get more details about the agenda.

Attendees can register here for the webinar.