External LinkNuts, Bolts, and Cables: Opportunities in Tribal Broadband, the third in a series of conversations on cultivating Native economies, will be held online October 16, 2023, from 2-3:30 p.m. Central time. It is hosted by the Minneapolis Fed’s External LinkCenter for Indian Country Development (CICD) in partnership with the External LinkFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the External LinkAmerican Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University.

Internet access connects communities to economic opportunity and vital services. External LinkResearch from the CICD has found that tribal areas have inadequate access to high-speed Internet, known as broadband. Today, new funding and partnership possibilities are opening opportunities for tribes to improve their communities’ digital infrastructure. Seizing these opportunities requires accurate, comprehensive data on the state of broadband across Indian Country.

Join us October 16 for a conversation about the research on tribal broadband and opportunities for tribes to improve their communities’ Internet access. This is the third event in CICD’s 2023 webinar series: Cultivating Native Economies in the 21st Century. The series provides tribal leaders, policymakers, and practitioners with information they can use to strengthen and expand Indian Country economic prosperity.

The October 16 webinar will feature research on the tribal digital divide and information on modern broadband policies and programs. Tribal broadband practitioners and federal policymakers will discuss data challenges as well as opportunities for tribal governments to advance their service networks. Presenters and panelists will also explore the connection between tribes’ ability to make decisions about their digital infrastructure and tribal sovereignty. Participants will have the opportunity to share questions as part of a live question-and-answer session.


Jeremy Hegle

Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer (CAO)

Jeremy Hegle is assistant vice president and Community Affairs Officer (CAO). In this role, Hegle leads the Tenth District’s External LinkCommunity Development department with re…