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Native Americans Long ‘Left Out’ From Broadband Push for Equity

Oct. 25, 2022, 9:00 AM

It took Gabriela Perales three months to get internet service installed in her northeast Nebraska home. The connection was unreliable—dropping for days at a time—and weeks would pass before someone showed up to fix it. So in March she canceled it.

Perales belongs to the Winnebago Tribe, a community of about 5,000 stretched across almost 200 square miles in the Great Plains, and her experience isn’t an outlier. As a group, Native Americans are the country’s poorest— with more than twice the poverty rate of Whites—and the digital gap is also stark. Conservative estimates show more than 18% of ...