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Elouise Cobell: Speaking Rural Truth to Power

  • Elouise Cobell

Our friend Elouise Cobell, a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Rural Strategies, died October 16, 2011, in Great Falls, Montana.

Elouise was a tireless advocate for the Blackfeet Nation and for rural and tribal communities around the country. She took on the federal government over its misuse of the Indian Trust Fund, which for more than a century pilfered billions of dollars belonging to Native Americans.

Rural groups call for better broadband service

Rural broadband advocates from five states and Washington D.C. gathered in rural Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, for the first Rural Broadband Summit, cosponsored by the Center for Media Justice, the Center for Rural Strategies, and Free Press.

The purpose of the summit is to examine rural broadband issues, such as the lower levels of access and use among rural areas and ways the nation might lower cost and improve service to rural users.

Rural Broadband Summit & Hearing in Kentucky featuring USDA's Jonathan Adelstein

We've reached a critical juncture in the debate over the future of wireless Internet in America. Improving connections for rural communities has become a central point of debate over AT&T's proposed take over of T-Mobile. The Justice Department has sued to stop the deal, in part because of concerns about service to rural. Now is the perfect time to discuss what will work to connect millions of underserved Americans to high-speed Internet.

Here are the details:

Lack of broadband will cripple rural areas

A new report written by University of Texas – Austin researcher Sharon Strover says that rural areas that don't have broadband access will be economically crippled.

Rural Communities Tell FCC to Protect Rural Consumers

Rural groups joined the National Rural Assembly’s Rural Broadband Policy Group in sending a letter to the FCC urging the commission to expand its proposal for net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that all information and applications on the Internet are treated equally and that all consumers have equal access to this information.

Who Plays?

 

By Dee Davis

Donald was 6' 6", a big 6' 6" at that, with large hands, an open-mouth menacing look, acne scarred and a baseball cap mostly worn backwards, not that the rest of us were that damn handsome. Donald had some handicaps. Nobody said anything about it. Who would? Still you just noticed even if you were trying not to.

Support the Healthy Food Financing Initiative

 

The Center for Rural Strategies is part of a nation coalition that supports the President’s FY 2011 budget proposal to invest $345 million in a national Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). 

Grant Supports Rural Assembly and Related Activities

 

A major grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will ensure continuation of the National Rural Assembly and a range of related rural organizing and development activities. 

The three-year, $7 million grant will go to a national partnership of nonprofits to build public support for policies that benefit rural children and families. The Center for Rural Strategies will manage the partnership and serve as fiscal agent for the initiative.

National Rural Youth Assembly

  • National Rural Youth Assembly

Rural young people from across the width and breadth of the United States gathered April 22-25, 2010, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in rural America. Videos, blog posts, photo essays, and "digital postcards" are among the many online resources generated through the first National Rural Youth Assembly.

Basketball isn't just a sport, it's mythological in much of rural America. By Dee Davis

  • Basketball goal

Dee Davis, Center for Rural Strategies president, writes in our Daily Yonder:

"In my part of rural Kentucky, the best day of the year is the Thursday that starts the NCAA basketball tournament. What a day. There are ten hours of games on the television, 64 teams full of possibility, and you don’t have to wrap any presents. But then there comes the inevitable, the day your team loses, your bracket goes bust, and the team you hate keeps winning. There, in that despair our relationship to the thing we love is tested."