Partnership with Verizon and Microsoft Provides New Opportunities for Native Youth

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently announced a new partnership with Verizon and Microsoft that will provide wireless tablets and high-speed wireless internet services to more than 1,000 Native American students located in eight Native youth dormitories located throughout New Mexico, Montana, Oklahoma, Arizona, Utah, and South Dakota. Verizon has also partnered with the Native Services Unit to provide appropriate resources and two years of free digital training, services, and support for students, teachers, and dormitory staff.

“This exciting partnership helps ensure students continue learning after they leave the classroom,” said Secretary Jewell, who outlined the partnership during the President’s seventh White House Tribal Nations Conference in November. “Access to today’s technology and wireless Internet are important parts of the equation as we work to assist tribal communities in providing students with a high-quality and culturally-relevant education. I applaud Microsoft and Verizon for their commitment to remove education barriers for Native students.”

Through this partnership, Verizon will establish wireless broadband connectivity at each dormitory and provide the students with free wireless data service for two years. In connection with Verizon’s donation, Microsoft is providing the students with wireless tablets that will run on broadband service from Verizon at no cost for up to two years. The partnership is part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, which aims to tackle barriers to Native youth’s success.

“Mobile technology puts learning in kids’ hands, gives them the freedom to create, to problem solve and collaborate – critical skills for the digital future,” said Rose Kirk, chief corporate social responsibility officer at Verizon. “We are pleased to provide Native students with the access and tools to thrive.”

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