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Digital Divide Diaries- Benton Institute

These multimedia narratives shed light on the everyday experiences of those grappling with digital inequity—be it access to broadband networks, digital literacy, or affordable internet-connected devices:

The Digital Equity Leadership Lab: A Case Study of Community Leadership Development to Promote Digital Equity and Justice

Building Indigenous Future Zones: Four Tribal Broadband Case Studies

This paper offers information on Internet infrastructure development in the Native Nations across the U.S. and the rise of the movement for Spectrum Sovereignty and Network Sovereignty, which are key […]

The Impact of Internet Access in Indigenous Communities in Canada and the United States: An Overview of Findings and Guidelines for Research

The Internet Society commissioned this report to provide an overview of findings to date on the impacts of the Internet in Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States. It […]

Native American Networks

Aaniin Tribe: Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Ojibwe Services: Internet, Voice, VideoContact: Acorn Wireless Tribe: Hoopa Valley Services: Internet Service Contact: Blue Lake Rancheria Department of Energy […]

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 […]

Fort Peck Assiniboine Reservation case study

Case The Fort Peck Indian Reservation is located near Fort Peck, Montana and is home to several federally recognized bands of Assiniboine, Nakota, Lakota, and Dakota Native Americans Has been […]

Cherokee Nation case study

Case The Cherokee Nation, based in Tahlequah in eastern Oklahoma, has been working for years on connectivity and learned during the pandemic last year that nearly three dozen communities lacked […]

Coeur d’Alene Tribe case study

Case The Coeur d’Alene live in Idaho, Washington, and Montana as it is their ancestral homeland with 2,000 tribal members. The reservation is about 345,000 acres in northern Idaho. The […]

Crow Indian Reservation case study

Case The Crow people are a federally recognized tribe. The Crow Indian Reservation is located in southern Montana, with an enrolled membership of approximately 11,000, of whom 7,900 reside in […]

Fond du Lac Band case study

Case The Fond du Lac Band is one of the six bands of Ojibwe with more than 4,000 people. In 2006, The Fond du Lac Band wanted high-speed Internet service […]

Pu`uhonua O Waimanalo Village case study

Case The Pu`uhonua O Waimanalo Village is a sovereign, 55-acre territory on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. They are the oldest Hawaiian sovereignty group in existence, founded in 1994  Was […]

Shinnecock Indian Nation case study

Case Nation is located on the East End of Long Island, surrounded by the Town of Southampton in Suffolk County.  In desperate need of broadband due to COVID-19 and  unable […]

Gila River Indian Reservation case study

Case Gila River Indian Community covers just over 370,000 acres just south of Phoenix, Arizona a population of 14,000 people When the COVID-19 pandemic began, residents on the reservation needed […]

Havasupai Tribe case study

Case The Havasupai Tribe is located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with 600 tribal members Lacked broadband access at a time when connectivity has proven essential for distance […]

Hopi Tribe case study

Case The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. The reservation occupies part of Coconino and Navajo counties. It encompasses more than 1.5 million acres, and is […]

Iñupiaq (Iḷisaġvik College) case study

Case The Iñupiat are a group of Alaska Natives, whose traditional territory roughly spans northeast from Norton Sound on the Bering Sea to the northernmost part of the Canada–United States […]

Makah Indian Reservation case study

Case The Makah Reservation is a long-standing tribe that has lived around Neah Bay at the northwest tip of Washington State The tribe has been working to obtain better broadband […]

Mescalero Apache Reservation case study

Case Federally recognized as the Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Apache Reservation,  the tribe is located in New Mexico with a population around 3,156.  The tribe has had phone […]