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.
|Pala Band of Mission Indians||Pala||California||$175,000|
|Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians of California||Coachella||California||$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.