Wi-Fi Hotspots for Students on the Navajo and Hopi Nations


Native American students with little or no Internet at home can now access Wi-Fi hotspots on the Navajo and Hopi nations to continue their classes online.Northern Arizona University recently got clearance from Navajo and Hopi leadership to extend Wi-Fi from buildings to parking lots in select locations, allowing students to access online classes from their vehicles while practicing social distancing.

These parking-lot hotspots are open to students from any K12 and college institution and will provide internet access for any mobile device, including laptops and smartphones.

For more information, contact the Office of Native American Initiatives at 928-523-3849, or reach out to Chad Hamill, Vice President of the Office of Native American Initiatives by phone or email at Chad.Hamill@nau.edu

Wi-Fi parking lot hotspot locations:

>  Chinle
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Chinle District Office
>  Dilkon
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority District Office

>  Diné College Locations (Request access by emailing the  Office of the President for Diné College atOfficeofthepresident@dinecollege.edu.
Available locations include:
•  Chinle
•  Crownpoint
•  Shiprock South
•  Tsaile
•  Tuba City
•  Window Rock

> Fort Defiance, AZ (Good Shepherd Mission) https://bit.ly/GSMission

>  Holbrook, AZ (available April 20th, 2020):
•  Holbrook High School
•  Holbrook Junior High School
•  Hulet Elementary
•  Park Elementary
•  Indian Wells Elementary
•  Holbrook District Office

>  Hopi Nation
Kykotsmovi (Peace Academic Center)
Polacca Community Center, Village of Tewa

>  Navajo Technical University with locations at:
Chinle campus
Crownpoint campus

>  Tuba City (Tuba City Chapter House) https://goo.gl/maps/CqEK8TNsddcHJ2uE6

>  Window Rock (Library and Museum) https://bit.ly/NNLibrary

One thought on “Wi-Fi Hotspots for Students on the Navajo and Hopi Nations

  1. This is great news! As our world moves further and further into the 21st century and as more barriers that had allowed racism and other bigotries to grow are being dismantled, economically deprived communities need more connections outside their isolated worlds.

    I recall seeing a news story more than 20 years ago on how some Native American communities in the U.S. Southwest were getting telephones for the first time. I was both shocked and angry to learn that. We’re at the end of the 20th century, with many American households gaining access to the Internet, and some people are just now getting phones?! It’s appalling, but it speaks to the level of discrimination and poverty many people in the wealthiest nation on Earth have to endure.

    It’s also ironic in that the indigenous peoples of the American Southwest created thriving, highly intellectual societies in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions. But it’s not too late for contemporary Native Americans to become emboldened again and recapture their pride and ingenuity of their ancestors.

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