Listen to Native America Calling online from 1-2 p.m. ET on February 27 to hear from NAPT's panelists discussing the Digital Divide as they get stories from the Digital Divide to share with their audience at SXSW Interactive. If you would like to share your story on the Digital Divide, please use the #SXDgtlDiv.
About Allison Aldridge-Saur
Chickasaw Nation - Division of Commerce
Allison Aldridge-Saur has worked in high-tech and web for over ten years. She holds a Master's degree in German Literature and Culture. As a member of the Chickasaw Nation, she jumped at the chance to leverage digital media to support the Tribal business initiatives that fund services for Chickasaw people and Native Americans. In 2011, she spoke at SXSW on "What Digital Tribes Can Learn from Native Americans" which explored what Native Americans know about Tribal systems and what holds them together and motivates membership. Aldridge-Saur also hosts a blog at chickasawallison.tumblr.com that is dedicated to building online community.
About Dee Davis
Center for Rural Strategies
Dee Davis is the founder and president of the Center for Rural strategies, a non-profit that conducts public information campaigns, produces communications products and consults with rural service, cultural and advocacy organizations on communications strategy. Davis helped design and lead the national campaign that blocked production of CBS's proposed show "The Real Beverly Hillbillies" on the grounds that the program ridiculed poor rural families and perpetuated stereotypes of rural life and culture. He helped plan and direct the national campaign that preserved key rural service provisions of the Community Reinvestment Act. Davis is a veteran of the fields of community-based media production and cultural development. Before founding Rural Strategies in 2001, he worked for 25 years at Appalshop, a rural media arts and cultural center. At Appalshop, he served as executive producer for more than 50 television documentaries on Appalachian culture and social issues.
About Dean Davis
College of Menominee Nation - Community Technology Center
Dean Davis serves as coordinator for the Community Technology Center of the College of Menominee Nation and is also broadband instructor at the college's Keshena Campus. He is a Menominee Tribal member and veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Afghanistan. Dean graduated from the College of Menominee Nation with an Associate's Degree in Computer Science. Dean is the president of the local chapter of Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS). His chapter was recently awarded "SEEDS Club of the Year" by the Ecological Society of America for its work in renewable energy and video conferencing to help preserve Menominee culture. Dean was also a team leader for two Argonne National Laboratory championships involving the designing and construction of two renewable energy prototypes.