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ERIC Number: ED430769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Native Networking: Telecommunications and Information Technology in Indian Country.
Casey, James; Ross, Randy; Warren, Marcia
This report on the status of telecommunications and information technology in Indian Country was created as a tool for reference, training, planning, and general educational purposes to be used by Native Americans, government policy makers, and others. A background section discusses policy and the current state of Native communities with regard to the use of telecommunications and technology. It offers a guide to the existing legal and regulatory parameters of telecommunications and their implications in relation to Indian law and sovereignty issues. Opportunities available to tribes in the commercial and regulatory arenas are outlined, and implications of telecommunications and technology for Native Americans, both positive and negative, are discussed. A directory of information resources and tools outlines telecommunications and information technology practices in Native communities today and includes funding sources (federal, private, and corporate); current Native American telecommunications projects in the fields of education, community networking, the environment, Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Satellite, law enforcement, library and museum services, and telemedicine; and technology-focused Native businesses and organizations. Appendices provide a sample survey from the Office of Technology Assessment report, "Telecommunications Technology and Native Americans," which tribes can use to perform their own technology assessments; a glossary of telecommunications terms; and five additional online references. (TD)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Benton Foundation, Washington, DC.