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BLUE LAKE, Calif. — When you live in a remote area prone to earthquakes, wildfires, and power outages, you quickly learn to be self-reliant and resilient. And if you happen to be the Blue Lake Rancheria of California, you make it your business to teach others how to weather whatever Mother Earth and man throw at you.

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Five tribes in Arizona will receive more than $105 million to help build out high-speed internet infrastructure to serve their sovereign nations. 

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The Yurok Tribe in northern California relies on wireless communication to get its citizens online, but that’s not always reliable. 

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ESPANOLA, N.M. — The Santa Clara Pueblo plans to leverage $3 million in new federal grant funding to bring wastewater infrastructure to a commercial site planned for tribal businesses. 

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Funding opportunities targeting tribal broadband continue to expand as the Bureau of Indian Affairs opens its 20220 National Tribal Broadband Grant Program, per a Wednesday statement. Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Bryan Newland announced that the Office of Indian Economic Development would begin accepting applications from federally recognized tribes through Oct. 17. 
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PORTLAND, Ore. —  Indigenous-owned garment company Ginew Inc., a maker of denim “Native Americana” fashion items, plans to scale up its collection after securing a new investment from Indigenous-led venture capital fund Raven Indigenous Capital Partners.  

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Traditional internet access isn’t as much of a problem in King William County, Virginia, as it might be in other rural areas, says Upper Mattaponi Tribe Community Development Director Morgan Dean — but it’s not just getting a signal that’s the problem.

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Here is a round-up of business news briefs from around Indian Country. 

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Here is a round-up of business news from around Indian Country. 

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The General Accountability Office would like to see a nationwide strategy by the Executive Office of the President to increase broadband access to American Indians living on tribal lands. 

The office of the President is not saying yea or nay to the proposal, though it acknowledges the importance of tribal engagement to take on such a strategy and says it will seek out that engagement.