The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will develop a community-wide, wireless, interactive network with public access centers in each community to let tribal members participate in government and access tribal services. Tribal members will use the Internet and a community intranet to access job information, scholarship information, and tribal language information. Participation in tribal government activities will be facilitated through the use of live, interactive webcasts of Council meetings, hearings on proposed legislation, and electronic communication with tribal government leaders.
One of the biggest challenges the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe faces is overcoming geographic barriers preventing access to tribal government and services. The reservation extends over one-half million square miles. Seventy-five percent of the tribal members live more than 20 miles from Nixon, where most tribal programs are based. In addition, the telecommunications infrastructure is sparse. The community-wide network proposed by the tribe will overcome these barriers by bringing services to the members, in their own communities. Given the rural nature of many reservations, this project will serve as a model for the use of wireless broadband solutions to overcome barriers to government participation and access to assistance programs.
The Tribe will partner with Truckee Meadows Community College, the University of Nevada-Reno, and Sierra Nevada Community Access Television.