You are Invited

2014 “Taking Smoke Signals Digital”
Telecom Conference

October 15-16, 2014

Please RSVP here by October 5, 2014


Senator John McCoy (Tulalip), Washington State Legislature
Howard Brown, Tulalip Data Services
Chris St. Germain, Nez Perce Tribe, Broadband Coordinator
Randy Harris, Quinault Indian Nation
Andrea Alexander (Makah), ATNI Telecommunications Committee, Moderator
Brian Howard, NCAI Legislative Associate
Chairman TJ Greene, Makah Nation
Kevin Lenon, Vice Chair, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe
Monica Babine, OneNet
Judy Endejan, Garvey Schubert Barer
William Cornelius (Oneida), Baker Tilly
Trudy Skari, MT Broadband
Ron Flavin, Growth & Funding Strategist
Valerie Fast Horse (Coeur d’Alene), IT Director, Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Bob Walsh, GCI
Kevin Bearquiver, BIA Deputy Regional Director, Trust Services, Pacific Region
Anika Evans (Gila River), Highliner Consulting Group
Lael Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Garvey Schubert Barer
Andrea Alexander (Makah), ATNI Telecommunication Committee
Matt Rantanen (Cree, Finnish & Norwegian), Tribal Digital Village
Traci Morris (Chickasaw), Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University

Conference Highlights:  Presentations by Geoff Blackwell, Chief, FCC Office of Native American Affairs and Policy, USDA and Washington Onenet representatives.

When:  October 15-16, 2014

Where:  Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, Washington

October 15, 2014
8:00  Registration

8:30  Introduction & Welcome

8:45  Success Stories: Tribes that built their own communications infrastructure tell their stories of how tribal economy, public safety, education and health systems improved.

10:30  Communication Challenges facing Indian Country:  Learn about the challenges facing Indian Country such as limitations on ability to educate tribal students, job creation, economic development, and health care.

11:45  Lunch – Geoff Blackwell (Chickasaw), Chief, FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy

1:00  FirstNet/One Net presentation.  Developing a First Responders Network in Indian Country.

2:00  Paths to Meeting Tribal Needs:  What are the “Nuts & Bolts” of wired, wireless, and broadcast opportunities?  How does my tribe or tribal organization become an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) or create a telco?  Why partner with communications providers?  This session will cover operating entity formation, regulatory clearances, technical and operational issues.

3:45  How to Pay for It: Finding buckets of money to help build communications infrastructure. Find out what kind of funding is available at various government agencies and private sources to support broadband in the schools and libraries, Rural Healthcare, Rural Telecom, and Tribal Mobility Funds.

5:30  Reception

October 16, 2014
8:30  Bringing Broadband to Indian Country: Learn how Tribes can build the necessary infrastructure to truly go Digital by doing it themselves or developing partnerships with carriers. Understand the “dirt” issues that might slow progress and how to navigate through them.

10:45  Collaboration into the Future: What can Indian Country do to address the lack of access to broadband?

12:00  Lunch – On Your Own

1:30 – 3:00  Wrap Up: Discussion on role of tribal sovereignty and how to address the cultural issues faced while going digital.

If you would like to attend this event, or know someone from your organization that may be interested in attending, please RSVP here by October 5, 2014.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Lael Echo-Hawk at (206) 816-1355. Space is limited and RSVP is required.