Digital Divide (Technology)

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.

Natives & Digital Media (Technology)

Longhouse Media connects native communities through digital media

By Mary Pauline Diaz
Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Any film made outside of glitzy, glamorous Hollywood is already in for an uphill battle. So for a few teenagers growing up on a Native American reservation, getting any attention on their first video project should be even more preposterous.

The non-profit organization Longhouse Media, however, is amplifying a new voice in the industry, working with indigenous communities to use film as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation and social change.

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