About this event
Around the country, rural communities are turning to tribal broadband programs and partners to reach their internet access goals. In this Rural Funder Series session, we will share real examples of communities working with tribes to accelerate their rural broadband access and opportunities for more funders to do the same. We’ll hear about:
- How a struggling broadband effort for five counties in rural Idaho improved after they turned to their Nez Perce neighbors for infrastructure and services.
- Tribal programs and funding partnerships from a USDA representative.
- Our Tribal Broadband Learning Community's insights on how tribes are reaching across borders to extend valuable services throughout rural areas.
Kyle Reis, Reis Foundation
Over the past decade, he has been part of several efforts to build stronger ties between the design and nonprofit communities. He is also working with Native and philanthropic leaders to increase the sector’s understanding of Native-led charitable entities and impact investing opportunities so that more capital flows to Native communities. And he’s recently been supporting an effort to encourage grantmakers to support a rare, time-bound opportunity that would enable rural tribes to deploy FCC spectrum licenses to build their communities’ broadband capacity and assert greater spectrum sovereignty over critical infrastructure. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College and a master’s degree from New York University.
Robert Tse, USDA
Danae Wilson, Nez Perce Reservation
Danae Wilson has been in the technology field working to bring technology services to regions and communities where service does not exist or is extremely limited. She lives and works on the Nez Perce Reservation in Northern Idaho. She is currently the telecom & technology co-chair for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the co-chair for the FCC Native Nations Communication Task Force Committee and she sits on the FCC Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. She is also on the Native Public Media advisory board. Danae serves as the National Congress of American Indians representative to the FirstNet Authority Tribal working group and SAFECOM. Danae also sits on the State of Idaho Broadband Task Force.
Philanthropy Northwest is partnering with Allen Smart of Philanthropy Worx to present this Rural Funder Series. In 2021, we will co-facilitate a series of six sessions where we will explore issues relevant to rural funders and learn best practices alongside peers who serve rural communities.
Please contact Sharayah Lane with any questions.