Verizon and the Department of the Interior have partnered to connect more than 1,000 Native American students at ten Bureau of Indian Education managed dormitories with high-speed wireless service, tablets and digital programs to engage students in both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects and their cultural heritage.
The initiative is part of Verizon's ongoing support of the Native American community and its commitment to President Obama’s ConnectED program.
Last week in a blog post, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell detailed how the public-private partnership is working to provide digital pathways for indigenous youth success. Secretary Jewell will visit the Winslow Residential Hall on the Navajo Nation to see firsthand how the digital tools are helping students learn and achieve their educational goals inside and outside the classroom.
She wrote, “Through new investments, increased engagement, multiple partnerships, and a culturally appropriate approach, we're working to ensure that Native youth have the tools they need to reach their full potential.”