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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will host a roundtable discussion, entitled “Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment” on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. – EST led by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), chairman of the committee.

Chairman Schatz and the committee will hear from Tribal leaders and Native-serving organizations on how strong federal investment in broadband infrastructure is bridging the digital divide in Native communities and what more Congress can do to get Native communities connected.

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WHAT: Schatz to lead Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Roundtable.

WITNESSES:

  • The Honorable Manuel Heart, Chairman, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Towaoc, CO
  • The Honorable William Smith, Alaska Area Representative & Board member, National Indian Health Board; Board Member, Valdez, AK
  • Walter W. Haase, P.E., General Manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Fort Defiance, AZ
  • Carrie L. Billy, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Alexandria, VA
  • Matthew Rantanen, Co-Chair, Subcommittee Technology & Telecommunications, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC
  • Donovan Kealoha, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Purple Mai‘a Foundation, ‘Aiea, HI
  • Hallie Bisset, Executive Director, Alaska Native Village Corporation Association, Anchorage, AK

 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - EST

HOW TO JOIN: Access the live stream here.

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