Obama appoints Native woman to mediator’s post

After an eight-year void in the White House, President Barack Obama has appointed an American Indian to a high-profile intergovernmental job to be the “eyes and ears” of Indian Country. The Obama administration named three people to posts in its intergovernmental affairs office on Friday, including Jodi Archambault Gillette, a member of the Standing Rock…

Rural broadband: put money into local networks

The House stimulus bill got it right. It allocated $6 billion for “shovel ready” projects in under-served areas. None of this funding would yield tax credits for the big carriers. Fortune 500 telecom companies would no more have shovel-ready projects in underserved areas than a skateboard dealer would open shop in a retirement community.  Story…