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 Encoding: 66 TEXT http://www.ahwatukee.com/archives/961009/intel.html 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.