Message #429:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Reservation Access to the Internet
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 96 15:32:00 MST
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Intel Helps Gila River 'Back to the Future'
By Guinda Reeves, Staff Writer

Embracing the future while keeping the past, "weaving tradition and 
technology," was the theme Monday, Sept. 30, as six new technology centers 
in Gila River Indian Community were dedicated during a ceremony at the 
tribal government center in Sacaton. The centers are part of a multi-year 
program with Intel Corp. and several Native American organizations.  The 
centers will be fully networked, providing the 372,000-acre reservation 
access to the Internet and the World Wide Web, and will enhance the 
mathematics and science education of Indian students from kindergarten 
through college.  "We're giving them the opportunity to be competitive with 
the rest of the world," said Dr. Craig Barrett, Intel's chief operating 
officer. "Young children are not intimidated by the things we adults are." 
 During the first year, more than 1,500 Gila River students will benefit 
from using the centers, which will include a college-success program, 
school-to-work internships, teacher training, and a community-based 
education model that uses real community issues to teach math and science 
basics.  The partnership is "one of the most dramatic highlights of trying 
to meet the needs of our community," said Gila River Governor Mary Thomas. 
"It has opened up the whole world to us."  "Just trying to tell the world 
who we are is an opportunity for our children," she said.  Gila River 
Community Manager Urban Giff said, "The environment in our schools is very 
important. There's a need to learn and develop with change (but) we still 
want to keep the traditions."  Giff said the community plans to use the new 
technology to teach children and elders in their own native language.  Few 
Pimas on the reservation know their own language, said Carol Buckles, 
executive assistant to Thomas and Lt. Governor Cecil Antone.  The broader 
partnership includes Intel, Gila River Indian Community, the Colorado-based 
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and the Santa Fe 
Indian School in New Mexico.  The program will help Indian 
self-determination, said Louis Baca, of Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, and 
Intel's manager of the Arizona Site K-12 Business/Education Partnerships. 
 "I'm proud to be an Indian, and to be a Native American employee of Intel," 
he said, citing Intel's 20-year involvement in AISES scholarships, growing 
from an initial $50 donation to more than $2 million.  He read a 1930 quote 
from Oglala Lakota elder Black Elk:  Everything an Indian does is in a 
circle. And that is because everything the Power of the World does - is done 
in a circle.  The earth is round, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its 
greatest power, whirls in a circle. Birds make their nests in circles, for 
theirs is the same spirituality as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down 
again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the 
seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to 
where they were. The life of a person is a circle from birth to death. So it 
is in everything where The Power moves."   "There is much power here today, 
for we have truly formed a circle of strong partners," said Baca. "Intel 
made it possible for our schools to have the same educational opportunities 
as our neighboring off-reservation schools," said Gilbert Innis, Gila 
River's director of education. U.S. Rep. J. D. Hayworth (R-Dist. 6) said, 
"Your children will touch the future. If you can dream it, you can do it." 
 He also said, "Embracing the future doesn't mean you turn your back on the 
past." Hayworth praised Intel as a "good neighbor," saying the company is 
recognized not just for its technical expertise, "but in realizing that our 
 most precious resource is people." "We have evidence of a great 
partnership, that the First Americans will not become the forgotten 
Americans," he said.  Intel donated equipment valued at more than $450,000 - 
37 Pentium (registered trademark) processor-based computers, 10 laptops, six 
servers, six routers, and networking equipment including a T1 line. Intel 
volunteers, including tutors and mentors, will donate time to the program. 
Intel is a leading manufacturer of computer chips, and personal computers, 
networking and communications products.