Revised Deadline: August 20, 2010

On June 2, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Public Notice seeking nominations of Tribal representatives to serve on the FCC-Native Nations Broadband Task Force (“Task Force”).1 The Public Notice requested that nominations be submitted by July 15, 2010.2 The Commission has determined that a short extension of time to submit nominations is advisable to permit Tribal governments adequate time to complete their internal processes associated with nominating a representative to the Task Force. Therefore, on its own motion, the Commission now extends the deadline for the receipt of nominations of Tribal representatives for the Task Force until August 20, 2010.

As discussed in the June 2, 2010 Public Notice, the Task Force will assist the Commission in fulfilling its commitment to increasing broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands. It will be responsible for, among other things, assisting in developing and executing a Commission consultation policy, eliciting input to ensure that Native concerns are considered in all Commission proceedings related to broadband, developing additional recommendations for promoting broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands, and coordinating with external entities, including other Federal departments and agencies. The Task Force will be comprised of senior Commission staff and elected leaders from Federally-recognized Native American governments or governmental entities (or their designated employees).

Applicants should be willing to commit to a two-year term of service, which requires participation, either in person or by teleconference, in the meetings of the Task Force. It is anticipated that most meetings will take place in Washington, D.C. Attendance in person will be at the applicant’s own expense. Members will also have an initial and continuing obligation to disclose any interests in, or connections to, persons or entities who are or will be regulated by, or who have interests before, the Commission.

The application for appointment to the Task Force does not require a particular format; however, it should include the following information: (1) name and position of the applicant with respect to a particular Native American government; (2) telephone number; (3) mailing address or e-mail address; (4) brief description of the applicant’s area of expertise and qualifications to serve on the Task Force; and (5) in the case of a person seeking to serve as a “designated employee,” the name of the elected officer for whom the employee would be acting and a copy of the officer’s designation letter, as described below . Applicants seeking to serve as a Tribal representative on the Task Force must submit an application to the Commission no later than _________, 2010.  If submitting by regular mail, send to: Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Attention: Lauren H. Kravetz, 445 12th St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. If submitting by facsimile, fax to (202) 418-2839. If submitting by email, send to lauren.kravetz@fcc.gov.

Published by Traci L. Morris

Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in Tribal Economic Governance and Tribal Financial Management; access to Entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; and Economic Development Consulting; and, the formalization of the Institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal ASU leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership. In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists, and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country. Dr. Morris is Affiliated Faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, President of the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center, Board member of the Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums. Formerly, Morris served member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council and served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee. As an entrepreneur prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes. Morris has an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies, in addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.

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