Grant Makers in Film + Electronic Media – Tribal Digital Village Reconnecting Tribes in Southern California

For over a century, the three original Native American tribes of San Diego County have been splintered among 18 reservations, dividing family lines, friendships, and cultures. Since 2001, the county’s tribal communities have been reconnecting through the Southern California Tribal Digital Village a high-speed wireless Internet network. It is an ambitious project, says Matthew Rantanen, the Tribal Digital Village’s director of technology and Web services.



The Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVNet) was created with the intent to bring Internet connectivity to the member tribes of SCTCA and empower their people. The Tribal Digital Village(TDV) is a continued set of objectives to help SCTCA achieve its mission thru technology, first and foremost, devised by the community leaders to handle the technical aspects of meeting its mission statement. The primary mission of Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association (SCTCA) is to serve the health, welfare, safety, education, cultural, economic and employment needs of its tribal members and descendants in the San Diego County urban areas.

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