This week’s Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) featured member is the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC). The IAC was founded in 1987 to pursue and promote the conservation, development and use of American Indian agricultural resources for the betterment of our people. Prior to 1987, American Indian agriculture was basically unheard of outside reservation boundaries. Over the last decade the IAC has established itself as the most respected voice within the Indian community and government circles on agricultural policies and programs in Indian country.
As a member of the IIA, the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) recognizes the benefits a powerful tool such as broadband can have for Native American producers. One of the main goals of the IAC is to increase Indian producers’ access to international food and agriculture markets in order to sell high-value specialty products, improving profit margin without greatly modifying production techniques. Broadband Internet is a critical resource that would allow Native American producers to sell their products online to markets around the world. The Internet Innovation Alliance supports efforts to bring high-speed mobile broadband to Indian Country, especially those living in rural and underserved areas, and is privileged to count the Intertribal Agriculture Council as one of our members.