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Most Isolated Tribe In Continental U.S. Gets Broadband


September 19, 2019

MuralNet CEO Mariel Triggs installs broadband equipment on the Havasupai reservation. Tribal members Travis Hamibreek and Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss can see the Wi-Fi signal on their phones.

Nestled among turquoise blue waterfalls and cottonwood trees, the tiny Havasupai reservation is accessible only by foot, by mule or by helicopter. It's a five-minute flight from the rim of the Grand Canyon to Supai Village on the canyon floor, where 450 tribal members live in small homes made of panel siding and materials that can be easily hauled or lifted in.

It's no wonder Internet access has been a challenge. But recently, the Havasupai have had some help from the Oakland-based nonprofit MuralNet.


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