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WHCNAA Committee on Economic Development, Energy and Infrastructure

Viritual Tribal Consultation on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No. 116-260 (Act), created the TBCP, providing new sources of Tribal broadband funding to assist in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the digital divide across Indian Country. View the Dear Tribal Leader Letter for detailed information.

Who We Serve

 The White House Council on Native American Affair (WHCNAA) Committee on Economic Development, Energy, and Infrastructure serves Tribes and Tribal communities by strengthening and developing federal programs and policies that support prosperous and resilient Tribal communities.  

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Committee Members

Leads

  • Wahleah Johns

    U.S. Department of Energy

    Senior Advisor, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

  • Arlando Teller

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tribal Affairs

  • Milo Booth

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    Director, Tribal Affairs

  • Michele Chang

    U.S. Department of Commerce

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Economic Development Administration

  • Edith McCloud

    U.S. Department of Commerce

    Associate Director for Management, Minority Business Development Agency

  • Stephanie Mash Sykes

    U.S. Department of Commerce

    Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

  • Adam Geisler

    U.S. Department of Commerce

    National Tribal Government Liaison, First Responder Network Authority

  • John (“Jack”) Bienko

    U.S. Small Business Administration

    Deputy for Entrepreneurship Education

  • PaaWee Rivera

    White House - Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

    Director of Tribal Affairs and Senior Advisor

Participants

About the WHCNAA Committee on Economic Development, Energy and Infrastructure

The White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) Committee on Economic Development, Energy, and Infrastructure promotes strong Tribal economies and businesses, green/renewable energy development, and robust infrastructure, including housing, for Tribes. Co-led by the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Commerce (DOC), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the White House - Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Committee is currently focusing on:  

  • Supporting Tribes undergoing transitions to renewable energy 

  • Coordinating across federal agencies to address wide-ranging aspects of improving infrastructure in Indian Country  

  • Increasing the number of Native American contractors in the federal contracting sphere  

  • Developing new tools to assist Native American businesses and contractors, including resources aimed at workforce development and improving technical capacity for Tribes  

  • Increasing broadband connectivity or Tribes and Tribal communities.

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