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Our mission here at the Tribal Resource Center is to empower tribal communities to utilize the benefits of broadband. We aim to provide the resources necessary to ensure successful connectivity projects. Through our associations and resources we hope to share our knowledge with Native American tribes across the nation. 

The Tribal Resource Center is a hub of validated articles, links, videos, courses, and people to assist tribal nations with adopting broadband technologies. Resources are vetted by tribal leaders and members, offering guidance for both the technical and human opportunities and challenges that come with high speed internet. As the TRC matures, it will include further resources on the benefits of digitization, including community health, entrepreneurship, education, and cultural preservation, with added features for intertribal learning.

Although we are a new resource we have the privilege to be working with four tribes: Shoalwater Bay, Hoopa Valley, Fort Bidwell, and Yurok. It is an honor to be able to assist these great communities in obtaining their goals. We also look forward to working with more tribes in the near future. 

Getting Started

Beginning a tribal connectivity project can seem daunting but knowing where to start can make a big difference. Here you can find the information and resources you need to start your project in a successful manner. Obtaining a feasibility study, needs assessment, and scope of work will prove to be useful.
Getting Started

Beginning a tribal connectivity project can seem daunting, but knowing where to start can make a big difference. Here, you can find the information and resources you need to start […]

Political Realities

Building broadband means working with a lot of government officials and tribal officials. Often it can be difficult to navigate and express community needs. Here you can find some resources […]

Engagement with Community

Community engagement is an important step, in many ways it determines the success of your connectivity project. There are many ways to reach out to your community to create a […]

Working with Tribal Leadership

Working with tribal leadership is imperative, not only for the success of your project but for the greater good of the community. Here are some resources and guidelines:  Information on […]

Mapping and Planning

Mapping and planning secure a productive project. Mapping is an important step, not only to best serve your communities needs, but to also preserve your community's history. Working with your […]

National Digital Navigator Corps from National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)

The National Digital Navigator Corps is an organization that helps community members with internet adoption and the use of computing devices. For more information on this program and funding opportunities, […]

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp: LTE 2.5 GHz (Session 3)

This session discusses wireless and 2.5 GHz LTE.

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp (Session 2)

This session discusses digital literacy, the NDIA (The National Digital Inclusion Alliance), digital navigators, best practices for wireless and open source LTE, and business models. Supporting links\videos: Why LTE? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ6UEoKDEr0 […]

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp (Session 1)

This session discusses the practices of running a network, the challenges of managing a networks, tribal projects, and available resources. Supporting resources (7 video playlist):

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp: Workforce training (Session 5)

This session discusses lessons from NYC Mesh, a volunteer org that had to tackle running a network on a budget and training a volunteer workforce efficiently.

2022 Tribal Broadband Bootcamp (Session 4 - Fiber)

This session take an in-depth look at fiber networks. Supporting resource:

Using Google Earth to Design Your Network
Becoming broadband ready toolkit

This resource form Next Century Cities includes a guide for local governments to increase broadband investments, examples of successful community actions, and a checklist of steps that local leaders can […]

Community engagement

This document focuses on three aspects of successful community engagement: understanding, planning, and operationalizing, and ensuring that efforts are meaningful. It also includes links to resources for communities.

Roadmap to planning a community broadband

This resource from Broadband USA, provides planning steps to create a community broadband roadmap. The intention of this resource is to help communities expand broadband access locally. It aims to […]

The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook : A guide for community leaders seeking affordable, abundant bandwidth

This resource is directed toward community leaders seeking affordable and reliable bandwidth in their communities. It outlines best practices, summarizes existing models, and offers a advice so community leaders can […]

The road to broadband: A planning guide for your community broadband network

Click here to visit the National Broadband Hub for information on "The road to broadband: A planning guide for your community broadband network".

Benefits of Digital

2020 showed many communities the importance of reliable internet connection. Many families were dependent on internet connection for distant learning and for work. However, there are many more benefits of the internet for your community. Here you can explore some of the benefits connectivity has to offer as well as some examples how Native American communities use internet access to serve and better their community.
Intertribal Relations

Internet connectivity allows tribes to have greater intertribal relations. Sharing resources and information allows all tribal communities to grow and thrive. It gives a voice to tribes on a global […]

Cultural Preservation

The internet can be a great way to engage the youth and elders with cultural preservation. It can be used to teach traditional languages. For example, the Bishop Paiute tribe […]

Education

As the past year has shown us, distance learning is a valuable tool. Connectivity  also presents an opportunity for tribal curriculum to be more culturally inclusive, making it easier to […]

Telehealth

Telehealth is another invaluable resource, community members can easily seek virtual health services for things like diabetes control, mental health and many other crucial services our communities need. Going digital […]

Public Safety

Connectivity can greatly enhance tribal justice systems. Connectivity aides tribal police officers, court systems, foster care facilities, aiding background checks, as well as the ability to broadcast missing and murdered […]

Benefits of Digital

2020 and 2021 showed many communities the importance of reliable internet connection. Many families were dependent on internet connection for distant learning and for work. However, there are many more […]

Entrepreneurship

Connectivity provides entrepreneurship opportunities to Native American communities. It gives communities the ability to take their trades and crafts and put them in marketable places.  “While the best-known tribal business […]

Workforce Development

Connectivity presents economic opportunities both online and in person via broadband maintenance and installation. Here you can find a Council of Economic Advisers issue brief on The digital divide and […]

Tribal Broadband Consortiums

In order to obtain connectivity, many tribes have decided to work together and form consortiums. They pull resources, founding, and knowledge for the greater good of their communities. Here are […]

TELEHEALTH Start-Up and Resource Guide

"This start-up and resource guide was created in partnership between Telligen and gpTRAC, the GreatPlains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center. It is intended to provide an overview and frameworkfor implementing […]

Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook

NDIA Publishes "New Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook" for more information, click here.

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