Native Nations Day at the FCC

On Thursday, March 3, 2011, in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians Executive Council Winter Session, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host “Native Nations Day” at the FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. This day’s events will focus directly on the issues of Tribal Nations and Native Communities. The all-day event will consist of two parts. The first is an open Commission meeting in the morning at which the five FCC Commissioners will meet to consider and vote on proceedings relating to the provision of communications services in Indian Country, including a number of issues related to the deployment of broadband, broadcast, wireless and satellite services for tribal communities. One of these items will be a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) being developed by the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy. The NOI is intended to get input from tribal leaders on a broad range of telecommunications issues. The second part of Native Nations Day, held in the afternoon, will be a listening session at which tribal leaders have the opportunity to share information and views on communications topics with FCC senior staff and invited Commissioners.

What: Native Nations Day at the FCC
Date: Thursday March 3, 2011 Time: 9:45 am (9:15 early arrival for security purposes)
Where: FCC Headquarter, 445 12th Street SW Washington DC 20554
FCC Contact: Dan Rumelt, FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy, 202-418-7512 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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