Indian Affairs Awards $2.7M in Tribal Broadband Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development announced $2.7 million in National Tribal Broadband Grants to 18 tribes and tribal organizations.

The National Tribal Broadband Grant Program provides the opportunity for tribes to receive funding to explore developing or extending broadband services in their communities to spur economic development and commercial activity, create opportunities for self-employment, enhance educational resources and remote learning opportunities, and meet emergency and law enforcement needs.

“Indian Affairs recognizes internet access is essential to tribal sovereignty, economic development, education, public safety, and cultural preservation,” said Onna LeBeau, Office of Indian Economic Development Director. “This funding will promote economic development in Indian Country as we work to close the digital divide.”

The grants, ranging in value from $120,000 to $175,000, will provide funding for two years to perform feasibility studies for the installation or expansion of high-speed internet. The feasibility study may be used to assess the current broadband services, if any, that are available to an applicant’s community; an engineering assessment of new or expanded broadband services; an estimate of the cost of building or expanding a broadband network; a determination of the transmission media that will be employed; identification of potential funding or financing for the network; and consideration of financial and practical risks associated with developing a broadband network.

Grantee City State Amount 
Pala Band of Mission Indians Pala California $175,000  
Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians of California Coachella California $175,000  
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Marksville Louisiana $175,000  
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee Oklahoma $175,000  
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Livingston Texas $175,000  
Pueblo of Laguna Laguna New Mexico $174,770  
Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes Juneau Alaska $174,500  
Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe Lone Pine California $174,361  
Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana Harlem Montana $161,416  
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Sault Ste Marie Michigan $156,026  
Rosebud Economic Development Corporation Mission South Dakota $147,293  
Nenana Native Association Nenana Alaska $139,638  
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation Lower Brule South Dakota $131,300  
Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California Middletown California $130,000  
Bay Mills Indian Community Brimley Michigan $120,361  
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Mayetta Kansas $107,520  
Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation Bellingham Washington $104,835  
Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska White Cloud Kansas $102,980  

The Office of Indian Economic Development administers the National Tribal Broadband Grant Program, which is a competitive discretionary program, through its Division of Economic Development.