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Telecommunications Technology and Native Americans: Opportunities and Challenges

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Office of Technology Assessment, Telecommunications Technology and Native Americans: Opportunities and Challenges (OTA-ITC-621) (Aug. 1995) (full-text).

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This report examines the potential of telecommunications to improve the socioeconomic conditions of Native Americans — American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians — living in rural, remote areas, and to help them maintain their cultures and exercise control over their lives and destinies.

The report discusses the opportunities for Native Americans to use telecommunications (including computer networking, videoconferencing, multimedia, digital and wireless technologies, and the like) in the realms of culture, education, health care, economic development, and governance. It also explores the challenges and barriers to realizing these opportunities, notably the need to improve the technology infrastructure (and access to it), technical training, leadership, strategic partnerships, and telecommunications planning on Indian reservations and in Alaska Native villages and Native Hawaiian communities.

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