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Hachinchokmata! Ayoppa Afammi Himitta'! (Hello to everyone! Happy New Year)
We thank you for reading our newsletter and our legislative policy updates. We look forward to continuing to provide this service. Shortly we'll release our annual report. This document will speak to AIPI's commitment to what ASU calls social embeddeness (see us on page 33). Our report will highlight our programs, projects, diversity, and community impact. This coming year looks to be a strong year; one of sustaining our existing programs and building relationships.
--Director, Traci Morris
The December 2017 Tribal Financial Management Certificate Training for Practitioners was attended by a broad representation of attendees. There were 52 participants from 27 different tribes and tribal organizations from 14 states. This TFMC was well represented by the Midwest; Wisconsin had the greatest representation with 8 attendees. We also had attendees from the BIA and from consulting firms.
Established in November 2017, Full Color Future is a new think tank and advocacy organization committed to changing the narrative about people of color in media, technology, and innovation. AIPI Research & Policy Analyst, Brian Howard, was among the 50 people of color highlighted in Full Color Future’s inaugural Full Color 50 list of leaders paving the way to create positive change in the fields of public policy, technology, and entrepreneurship. Howard was selected due to his policy work in the areas of Tribal telecommunications and technology with AIPI and its partner Tribal organizations.
“I am honored to have been selected as part of the inaugural Full Color 50 list of leaders. Full Color 50 is meant to highlight people of color leveraging technology and the Internet to inform public policy surrounding social justice, rights to information access, economics, and content creation and innovation”, stated AIPI Research & Policy Analyst, Brian Howard. “I look forward to working with others involved in Full Color Future to further support informed policy decisions that uplift disadvantaged communities of color. Public policy, at all levels of government, must be developed to ensure that Tribal governments, businesses, and citizens have equal access to resources that drive economic innovation and responsible uses of technology.”
On December 21, 2017, AIPI Board Member Matthew Rantanen provided closing remarks on Tribal connectivity issues during the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Rantanen is the Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association and manages the Tribal Digital Village, which is a wireless network that provides services to 17 reservations throughout San Diego County, California.
During his closing remarks, Mr. Rantanen stressed that Indigenous peoples across the world must have a seat at the table to develop and implement Internet governance protocols. Furthermore, Mr. Rantanen also stated that Indigenous peoples are the most underrepresented voices and communities in the world and that the Internet would fail to be the resource it should be if their input were not included in future dialogues.
The UN Internet Governance Forum brings together people from around the world to discuss public policy issues related to the Internet as it pertains to both the public and private sectors. During this annual convening, delegates exchange information and share best practices that support the governance on the Internet on an international level.
Tribal Transportation Utility Caucus Meeting | Crown Plaza Hotel, Phoenix, AZ | January 17, 2018
Festival of Tribal & Arizona Art & Entertainers | Fountain Hills Fountain, Fountain Hills, AZ | January 26-28, 2018
Wiring the Rez: Innovative Strategies for Business Development Via E-Commerce Conference | Chandler, AZ | February 1-2, 2018
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest | Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ | February 10-12, 2018
State of Indian Nations (SOIN) 2018 | Newseum (and online), Washington D.C. | February 12, 2018
National RES Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | March 5-8, 2018
Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market | Phoenix, AZ | March 3-4, 2018
NAFOA 2018 Wells Fargo Sophomore Leaders Conference | Chandler, AZ | March 7-8, 2018
NAFOA 2018 Wells Fargo Sophomore Leaders Conference | Charlotte, NC | March 15-16, 2018