On Tribal Lands, Digital Divide Brings New Form Of Isolation
Posted: 04/20/2012 2:50 pm Updated: 04/23/2012 6:54 pm
Sonny Clark, 59, must drive five miles up a mountain to get cellphone service connection and 40 miles to get online.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- Like many college students, Wilhelmina Tsosie must go online to complete her assignments. But unlike the vast majority of Americans, she finds that the biggest challenge in her coursework is merely getting connected.
Tsosie is a member of the Navajo Nation, the Native American community whose sprawling reservation has long been isolated from the rest of the country -- an isolation now being reinforced by the digital age.