ERIC Number: ED173012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: N/A
American Indian Telecommunications Satellite Demonstration Project. Summary Report.
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
The technical feasibility of voice and television communication within and between tribes, between tribes and federal agencies, and between educational institutions and tribes was demonstrated by broadcasts which took place April 10, 12, and 14, 1978, with equipment located at four sites: Crow Agency, Montana; All- Indian Culture Center, New Mexico; Moffett Field, California; and Washington, D.C. Two-way interactive television with the TV signals transmitted by satellite allowed tribe members, government officials, and congressmen to see and talk with one another. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration arranged for the use of the Communications Technology Satellite and other technical equipment; the tribes otherwise planned and conducted the broadcasts which included informative presentations by representatives of government agencies, discussion between tribes and a panel of congressmen, instructional programs, and question-and-answer periods with tribes and government representatives participating. Health services, education, rural development, water rights, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were topics of discussion. Indian groups and federal agencies must now study the possible uses, benefits, and cost effectiveness of using satellite communications to improve Indian information networks. (JH)
Descriptors: American Indians, Communication (Thought Transfer), Communications, Communications Satellites, Education, Feasibility Studies, Federal Indian Relationship, Health Services, Information Needs, Information Networks, Institutions, Program Effectiveness, Rural Development, Telecommunications, Telephone Communications Systems, Television, Tribes, Video Equipment, Water Resources
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: All Indian Pueblo Council, Albuquerque, NM.; Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.; National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.