US Department of the Interior Awarding $2.7 Million in Tribal Broadband Grants

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The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development awards $2.7 million in National Tribal Broadband Grants to 18 Tribes and Tribal organizations. The grants, ranging in value from $120,000 to $175,000, will provide funding for two years to perform feasibility studies for the installation or expansion of high-speed internet. The feasibility study may be used to assess the current broadband services, if any, that are available to an applicant's community; an engineering assessment of new or expanded broadband services; an estimate of the cost of building or expanding a broadband network; a determination of the transmission media that will be employed; identification of potential funding or financing for the network; and consideration of financial and practical risks associated with developing a broadband network. The grantees are as follows:

  • Pala Band of Mission Indians, CA;
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians of California, CA;
  • Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, LA;
  • The Muscogee (Creek) Nation, OK;
  • Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, AL;
  • Pueblo of Laguna, NM;
  • Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes, AK;
  • Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, CA;
  • Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana, MT;
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, MI;
  • Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, SD;
  • Nenana Native Association, AK;
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, SD;
  • Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California, CA;
  • Bay Mills Indian Community, MI;
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, KS;
  • Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation, WA;
  • Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, KS.

Indian Affairs Awarding $2.7 Million in Tribal Broadband Grants