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This Native American Heritage Month We Must Recommit to Closing the Digital Divide and Increasing Digital Equity and Opportunity for Native Americans

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As our Nation honors Native American Heritage Month, the Department of Commerce remains committed to building back a better, more equitable economy where no one is left behind. By implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will help ensure every person in this country, especially those living on Tribal land...

Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

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Saturday, November 27, 2021 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Please join SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small businesses by...

The Minority Business Development Agency is Permanently Authorized in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

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The following is a cross-post from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Bill’s passage assigns an Under Secretary to oversee the Agency, mandates services to rural areas, provides authorities for a new Minority Business Development Grant program and the creation of partnerships with HBCU’s and minority-serving institutions. Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo is pleased...

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Awards First Grants to Tribal Groups Seeking to Expand Broadband

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The following is a cross-post from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Vice President Kamala Harris announced today at the conclusion of the White House 2021 Tribal Nations Summit that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded the first three grants as part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity...

Native Americans Play Critical Role in NOAA Coastal Projects

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) In President Biden’s proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day last October, he noted, “History demonstrates that Native American people—and our Nation as a whole—are best served when Tribal governments are empowered to lead their communities and when Federal officials listen to and work together with...

U.S. Census Bureau Releases Key Stats on Nation's Veteran Population

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 making it an annual observance, and it became a national holiday in 1938. Then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day to honor all those...

Celebrating America’s Manufacturing Resilience: Applauding Makers, Like Phorge Makerspace in Sheridan, Wyoming

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We are celebrating America’s manufacturing resilience during this difficult time. Unlike traditional manufacturing facilities, makerspaces are places where people bounce ideas off each other, work out problems, learn and hone useful skills as they make things themselves. Here’s one makerspace’s unique pandemic story. Phorge Makerspace — part of a statewide community of makers Phorge Makerspace in...

Advancing Equity With Census Bureau Data

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Director's Blog Earlier this year, President Biden announced a federal agenda to advance equity for all Americans, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. As the nation works toward “a systemic approach to embedding fairness in...