The National Science Foundation (NSF) Tribal Consortium Kickoff Meeting was held on August 7, 2019 at Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) Native American Cultural Center. Individuals from the Sun Corridor Network, CenturyLink, and numerous Tribal liaisons and colleges were represented to strategize how they are going to execute the task of bringing technology to their Tribal Nations.
In July, NAU was awarded a grant of $690,708 to support the “CC Regional: Sun Corridor Network – Arizona Community College Research Expansion,” and is under the direction of NAU’s Chief Information Officer, Dr. Steven Burrell, Paul Trujillo, and Morgan Vigil-Hayes.
The grant will address the planning, designing, and implementation of a campus research network to help Tribal Nations in regards to leveraging E-rate resources, closing the homework gap for students, healthcare, and research. NAU will work closely with Navajo Technical University (NTU) to expand wireless services and establish a sustainability model for regional and tribal campuses, and propose to plan and create dedicated network to support STEM and research via the development of a Science DMZ.
With NAU’s commitment to Native American students and research, Dr. Burrell is interested to advance and expand these two missions by “building as many relationships”.