Utilities Service: Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA) Initiative and Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) Program Webinar/Teleconference

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT


Please join us to learn more about RUS loan & grant opportunities for utilities on tribal lands, as well as provide us with your thoughts and ideas. If you are unable to access the on-line webinar, you can still participate as a conference call participant.

The United States Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity provider, lender, and employer.

Audio Conference Directions

Telephone conferencing use the information below to connect:

Toll-free: +1 (800) 857-5051
LiveMeeting Directions
Go to:

1. Enter your name and email address
2. Click “Join Now”
3. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen
4. Please note you will also need to call into the audio portion of the session using the 800 number above
For more information about Rural Utilities Service programs visit:

Implementation of the SUTA Initiative will allow RUS to provide loans at lower interest rates with longer repayment terms, provide priority for grants and waive certain restrictions for projects on Substantially Underserved Trust Areas.

Please contact Tedd Buelow with questions via phone or email at: 202-690-1681 or

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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