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Artman quoted about Internet access on Indian reservations

March 14, 2011

Professor of Practice Carl Artman, Director of the College of Law’s Economic Development in Indian Country Program, was quoted in a March 6 Arizona Republic article entitled, “New online world ahead for reservations,” by reporter Kristena Hansen.

The article discussed the federal government’s initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to homes, businesses, police stations, schools and hospitals on the Tohono O’odham, Hopi and Havasupai reservations. However, economic hardships and the costs entailed with broadband have many experts worried that participation may be low at first.

To read the entire article, click here.

Artman argues that even though the broadband stimulus funds may show little financial return at first, it is a fiscally responsible investment, and its successes may be on a secondary or tertiary level.

“If broadband adoption is encouraged today, over time, the impact will increase college enrollment and completion, improve the quality and efficiency of health care and strengthen the business economy on reservations, which would attract outside companies needed for a competitive, healthy market,” Artman said.

Artman has served as the 10th Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior and as the Department’s Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs. An enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Artman has worked for his tribe as Director of Federal Affairs, Chief Legal Counsel and as Chief Operating Officer of an Oneida Tribe-owned telecommunications venture.

Staci McCabe,
(480) 965-8702
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law