The Impact of Broadband Transformative Quality of Life Indicator Transportation Costs Education and Training
Findings Inequities of broadband access, adoption and utilization Lack of awareness of the impact of broadband Lack of familiarity with computers and internet 600 homes are currently served, but some 200+ homes remain unserved; Because of extremely high unemployment and poverty rates, affordability is still an issue.
Findings Adopt broadband with awareness to enhance—not detract from—tribal identity and sovereignty Understand and integrate responsibly to preserve tradition and enhance opportunities Accept that some may choose not to use broadband.
Findings Opportunities for Innovation and Improved Education and Healthcare Outcomes Virtual schooling and workforce training Physical space needed for mentoring, tutoring, training, public access and tele-conferencing Mobile clinic needs access to patient records via wireless broadband
Findings The Economic Role of Broadband Essential for economy Need skills to access global market Tele-commuting centers Increase dollar circulation in the local economy Buy local when available
Goal 1 Make broadband skills and equipment available to all tribal members. -Action: Community Education; mentoring programs -Long Term: Computer recycling; pursue funding for broadband expansion
Goal 2 Enhance culture and personal growth and opportunity. -Action: Develop on-line tools to communicate language and values -Long Term: Localized social media sites; Government policies on acceptable use, content and on-line distribution; Tiered access to government information
Goal 3 Business adoption and accessibility to enable tribal exports, attract new industry and create jobs. -Action: Business tech center for access, training and other services. Telco spinoff business opportunity to sell/lease/repair computers and offer tech support -Long Term: Business portal for tribal goods and services; market broadband access to industry.
Goals 4 On-line education programs to improve credentials and job-readiness -Action: Partner with schools, youth clubs and tribal enterprises to connect on-line training with curriculums; After school mentoring and digital literacy program. -Long Term: Raise the credentials of educational staff.
Goal 5 Make Tele-health programs and remote monitoring available to 100% of reservation households -Action: Improve connection between the Tribal Health Workforce Center and the federal Indian Health Services (IHS) for better patient record-sharing; improve connections to mobile clinics out in the field. -Long Term: Expand video conferencing with IHS and the Oregon Health Network; Expand infrastructure to allow for remote health monitoring for the entire reservation; Provide on-reservation health care training through distance learning.
Implementation Action Agenda: – Educate for online skills, competency and responsible use. – Computing center – Tools to communicate tribal language and values – Business tech center for broadband access, training and other services. – Connect on-line job skills training with school curriculums and tribal enterprises – Mentoring and digital literacy after school program – Improve connection between the Tribal Health Workforce Center and the federal Indian Health Services (IHS) for better patient record-sharing; improve connections to mobile clinics out in the field.
Lonny Macy Community and Economic Development Planner Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 1233 Veterans Street Warm Springs, OR 97761 541-553-3509 Lonny.Macy@wstribes.org Lonny.Macy@wstribes.org