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Bringing Broadband to Tribal Lands in Minnesota

The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians, also called Ojibwe, live in northern Minnesota, about 45 miles from the Canadian border. The reservation spans Koochiching, St. Louis, and Itasca Counties. Through the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, the tribe received a $19,800,704 Broadband Infrastructure Deployment grant to install fiber directly connecting approximately 2,050 unserved Native American households, plus more than 60 businesses and community anchor institutions, with up to 1 gigabyte per second fiber broadband service. The program’s goals include increasing healthcare access, boosting employment and economic development, building telework and entrepreneurship opportunities, providing training and workforce development, and improving the overall quality of life of Tribal residents. Beneficiaries will include Tribal residents, students, educators, adult learners, job seekers, entrepreneurs, employers, and employees, including the employees of Tribal operations.