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Thursday, 11 September 2008 08:54
IBM, SeniorNet, the Native American Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.  Department of the Interior, USDA Rural Development and   Tri-District/Chester Adult Education Bring Technology Access and  Education to Catawba Indian Nation 
 
Collaborative Announces Grand Opening of Native American Achievement Center
 
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA, September 12, 2008Continuing its charter to bring technology access and education to rural and low-income Native American reservations, a collaborative partnership sponsored by IBM and including SeniorNet,  the Native American  Chamber of Commerce (NACC), the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy  and Economic Development (IEED), USDA Rural Development and Tri-District/Chester  Adult Education today announced it will open an Achievement Center at the Catawba Indian  Nation.   

This Achievement Center will bring free computer access and classes to Catawba reservation residents of all ages and is part of a multi-year, grant-based initiative sponsored by IBM Corporation that is designed to bring technology to remote, underserved Indian reservations whose residents may not be included in the global ‘Information Age.’

As the fifth and final
IBM-sponsored Achievement Center to be opened by this collaborative over a three-year period, the grand opening of this center for the Catawba Indian Nation will be held on September 12, 2008 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
 
The agenda for the grand opening events is as follows:
 
Catawba Indian Nation Technology Achievement Center Grand Opening
 
996 Avenue of the Nations
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
 
Friday, September 12, 2008
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT        Grand Opening and Welcome Speeches in Round Room
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                  Refreshments and Tour of Achievement Center
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                  Community Unity Celebration
 
“We are thankful for the USDA Rural Development grant as well as the donations from TriDistrict/Chester Adult Education, IBM and SeniorNet that are making this computer lab  possible,” said Catawba Indian Nation Chief Donald Rodgers. “This provides such a wonderful opportunity to help our tribal members increase their skills.”
 
The Achievement Center will also offer Internet access and specific curriculum for the development of necessary workforce skills.
 
“This initiative has truly pioneered the delivery of technology, economic access and education to rural and low-income Native American communities across the nation,” said Leslie M. Smith, IBM business development executive and SeniorNet board chairman. “We are very pleased to open the fifth Achievement Center and to realize the positive impact that these centers are having on the lives of Native Americans.”
 
This collaborative opened its first Achievement Center at the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana in September 2006. Since then, the collaborative has opened additional Achievement Centers at the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota, at the Tigua Tribe in Ysleta del sur Pueblo, Texas, and at the Houlton Band of Maliseet in Houlton, Maine.
 
“SeniorNet is honored to bring its 22 years of computer training experience to this initiative,.thereby empowering residents on remote Native American reservations with the benefits of technology,” said Kristin M. Fabos, SeniorNet executive director. “With the opening of these five Achievement Centers we have made great strides in bridging the Digital Divide, while also extending our mission to include the underserved population of America. SeniorNet is extremely grateful to IBM for their ongoing, generous support.”
 
"The Catawba Indian Nation Achievement Center is a gift that will empower tribal members to compete in the global economy, linking their history and culture with peoples and markets worldwide," said Jack R. Stevens, Chief of the Division of Economic Development, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, U.S. Department of the Interior. "It will enrich lives and develop job skills."

 In addition to SeniorNet computer training including introductory to advanced courses, the
Achievement Center will serve as an education center for the Catawba community.
 
About IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with over 90 years of leadership.in helping businesses innovate. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.
 
About SeniorNet
Founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international non-profit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of adults age 50+ to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website, www.seniornet.org. With a thriving online community and a network of nearly 150 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 3,500 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission. SeniorNet headquarters is located in Santa Clara, CA.
 
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Saturday, 05 July 2008 14:00

Grand Opening of Fourth Native American Achievement Center to Take Place on April 24th, 2008 at Houlton Band of Maliseet in Maine 

HOULTON
, ME
, April 15, 2008Together, SeniorNet, the world’s leading technology educator of older adults, and IBM Corporation are set to bring technology access and education to the fourth rural Native American reservation in the United States. On
April 24th, 2008, SeniorNet and IBM will conduct the grand opening of the Maliseet Technology Achievement Center at the Houlton Band of Maliseet in Houlton, Maine.
 

This grand opening is part of the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity Initiative’ sponsored by
IBM, led by SeniorNet, and in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) and the Native American Chamber of Commerce (NACC).
 Members of the community and media are invited to attend.
 
The agenda for the grand opening events is as follows:

Houlton Band of Maliseet Technology Achievement Center Grand Opening
Maliseet Recreation Center - 568 Foxcroft Road, Houlton, Maine
Thursday, April 24th, 20081:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Grand Opening and Welcome Speeches
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Refreshments and Tour of Achievement Center

 
‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ is a grant-based initiative designed to bring computer access and education to five low-income and remote Native American reservations across the United States in an ongoing effort to bridge the ‘Digital Divide.’ ”We appreciate having been chosen as one of the five tribal communities selected to develop this center,” said Brenda Commander, tribal chief, Houlton Band of Maliseet. “This is a great opportunity for our members to have access to state-of-the-art computer equipment and training. Members of all ages will benefit by acquiring the technical skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. I would like to thank all the project partners for their outstanding efforts.” 

The
Maliseet Achievement Center opening on April 24
th will offer computer and Internet access, education and training for reservation residents of all ages. The Maliseet Achievement Center will also feature a special program to educate the Maliseet tribal elders, most of whom have never used a computer, on computer skills and applications.
 “The ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ initiative has broken new ground in bringing technology to rural and low-income Native American communities, including the Blackfeet Nation, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Tigua Tribe at Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, and now also the Houlton Band of Maliseet,” said Leslie M. Smith, IBM business development executive and SeniorNet board chairman. “We are very pleased by the successes each tribe is experiencing with their new technology achievement centers, and SeniorNet is honored to work with IBM and other partner organizations on such a worthwhile and pioneering initiative.”

 
The first Technology Achievement Center was opened at the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana in September 2006. Since then, the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ collaborative has opened additional Technology Achievement Centers at the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota and at the Tigua Tribe in Ysleta del sur Pueblo, Texas. 

 
“Through ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity,’ SeniorNet has extended its mission of bringing computer access and education to older adults to also include underserved populations,” said Kristin Fabos, SeniorNet chief operating officer. “These Technology Achievement Centers will not only serve the needs of seniors, but will bring the empowerment of computer literacy to all on the reservation. SeniorNet is extremely grateful to IBM for their generous support.”

 
In addition to computer training ranging from introductory to advanced courses, the Achievement Center will serve as an education center for the Maliseet community, offering classes on topics such as Family History and Genealogy, Health, Language Training, Work Skills, and Tutoring, as well as a host of life skills and enrichment curriculum. 

About
IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with over 90 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

 
About SeniorNet
Founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international non-profit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of adults age 50+ to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website, www.seniornet.org. With a thriving online community and a network of more than 130 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 3,500 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission. SeniorNet headquarters is located in Santa Clara, CA.
 

For more information, contact:
Kristin Fabos
SeniorNet
900 Layette Street, Suite 604
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tel: 408-615-0699
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