Project Eagle Feather

Project Eagle Feather is PCI’s effort (funded by Google) to support Native American tribal connectivity initiatives. 

Despite ongoing efforts to digitize education and move to online resources, nearly half of those living in rural communities in the US still lack broadband access. 

The project is led by Matthew Rantanan, who represents Project Eagle Feather on the PCI Executive Action Board.

Matthew Rantanen, Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA)

Matthew is the Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital Village (TDVNet) Network/Initiative that was started in 2001 designing and deploying wireless networking to support the tribal communities of Southern California. A “cyber warrior for community networking,” focused on technology development and connectivity in the Tribal community, he was 2-term appointed member, FCC Native Nations Broadband Task Force, Appointed by Chairman Genachowski, reappointed by Chairman Wheeler. Matthew was called upon by the White House during the Obama administration to work with the CTO and staff to identify and solve connectivity issues in the communication deserts of the USA. He helped create the UMOYA Corporation (not for profit), and the Tribal International Carrier component, mapping and cost analyzing the missing middle-mile piece of connectivity for Tribal communities in North America.

MuralNet Projects

MuralNet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps indigenous peoples affirm their Internet sovereignty and build their own networks.

Mariel Triggs, CEO, MuralNet

Mariel is the CEO of MuralNet, coordinating deployments, partnerships and policy advocacy efforts. She has taken part in every aspect of builds from applying for licenses and funding to staging and mounting equipment. As an engineer, educator and researcher, she has pushed innovation in STEM classrooms through project-based service learning for over a decade. Her work in online math curriculum proved how important access to Internet resources are for content as well as mindsets. Because of this, Mariel strives to make the Internet accessible for all students. Prior to her work in education, she designed and tested medical devices to treat strokes, recyclable replacements for polyurethane and more efficient methods of producing photo-chemicals at scale. Mariel earned two degrees in engineering at UC Berkeley and a Master’s at Stanford in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education.

MuralNet Havasupai Wireless Internet Network Expansion

MuralNet’s goal is to develop and execute a strategy that removes legal, technical and financial obstacles so that Tribal communities can build and maintain their own wireless high speed Internet networks. We provide the necessary equipment, network management platform, training and legal assistance so that Tribal entities can acquire spectrum rights and deploy and maintain their own networks. By addressing each Tribal community partner’s unique issues, we build a variety of partnerships and a library of plans, legal templates and strategies so that broadband can be brought to under-connected communities on a grand scale.

MuralNet work on 2.5 GHz spectrum access in Indian Country

MuralNet’s goal is to develop and execute a strategy that removes legal, technical and financial obstacles so that Tribal communities can build and maintain their own wireless high speed Internet networks. We provide the necessary equipment, network management platform, training and legal assistance so that Tribal entities can acquire spectrum rights and deploy and maintain their own networks. By addressing each Tribal community partner’s unique issues, we build a variety of partnerships and a library of plans, legal templates and strategies so that broadband can be brought to under-connected communities on a grand scale.

Additional Tribal Connectivity Projects

Formation of a new North American Indigenous Chapter ISOC

North American Indigenous Chapter ISOC, will be inclusive of the Native Nations of the First Nations in Canada, and the Tribes in the United States, including Alaskan Native Corporations, and Hawaiian Homelands. The chapter will be a policy development think tank. It will provide a conduit to Native American Indigenous efforts in community networking and access, awareness, and adoption. It will host in-person, and online events to help the indigenous communities of North America find their footing in the digital age.

Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVNet)

PCI is working with the Tribal Digital Village in the San Diego area to help them improve the infrastructure they use to deliver Internet service via the Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVNet). This system collaborated with the UC San Diego High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network developed by Hans-Werner Braun, the former CTO of MERIT, the organization that managed the NSFNET in the 1985-95 period. We have also engaged with Executive Director Robert Freling at the Solar Electric Light Fund to assess the potential for improved solar power support and with Steven Huter, Executive Director of the Network Startup Resources Center at the University of Oregon to organize a training program to prepare local Native American engineers and other volunteers to assist with upgrading of the TDVNET system.

Project Updates:

TDVN Connects to International Peering Exchange

LA MIRADA, CA — Jan. 15, 2020 — Fourteen Native American tribes in Southern California are now directly connected to the state-of-the-art International Internet Exchange, Pacific Wave, and its peering, high-performance scientific networks, and ever-expanding global connectivity. Six more tribes are also expected to join in the coming months. This new connection enables tribal libraries,

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Project Eagle Feather Update:

Matthew Rantanan and Muriel Triggs participate in Western Governors’ Association webinar on Broadband Deployment in Tribal Communities Project Eagle Feather is PCI’s Google-funded project supporting Native American connectivity efforts. Matthew Rantanen was selected for the Western Governor’s Association’s (WGA) advisory group for Tribal and rural broadband connectivity. He and PCI Community Member, MuralNet CEO, Muriel Triggs, joined WGA Chairman, North Dakota Governor

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Press Release: Google, Community Partnership Brings High-Speed Wi-Fi to Celilo Village

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2019 Contact: Nicole Shaddy  [email protected] / 971-229-0545 GOOGLE, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP BRINGS HIGH-SPEED WI-FI TO CELILO VILLAGE Wi-Fi Aims to Bridge the Digital Divide for Greater Educational, Business Opportunities CELILO VILLAGE –  Today, October 19, Celilo Village unveiled its new, high-speed wi-fi made possible by a grant from Google and in partnership with the

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Tribal Technology Assessment: The State of Internet Service on Tribal Lands

By Brian Howard and Traci Morris, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University In a recent report, Brian Howard and Traci Morris both offer a comprehensive summary of the state of Internet service on Tribal Lands, lending considerable weight to PCI’s interest in improving access to the Internet in those areas.  Abstract Access to high-speed

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