May 21, 2024

In this week’s Tribal Business News round-up, an Alaska Native community partners with a telecom provider to connect remote island communities to high-speed internet. Additionally, a tribal-owned gaming enterprise inks a historic deal with an NHL team, and the Native American Agriculture Fund distributes $5 million to Native CDFIs. 
Native village partners with Alaskan telecom to run undersea fiber to serve Kodiak Island communities
A new partnership between the Native Village of Port Lions and Alaskan provider GCI aims to slash customers’ monthly costs while simultaneously increasing internet speeds to 2 Gbps via an undersea fiber connection.
Gila River inks historic branding deal with NHL’s Arizona Coyotes
The tribally owned Gila River Resorts and Casinos has entered a historic, multi-year partnership with the Arizona Coyotes for branding entitlement on the NHL team’s home jerseys. 
Native American Agriculture Fund targets access to capital with grants to Native CDFIs
In issuing $12 million in grants to organizations across Indian County, the Native American Agriculture Fund is placing a special emphasis on addressing access to capital issues for Native farmers and ranchers. 
Lastly,  Chugach Alaska Corporation has appointed Josie Hickel to serve as president; a Native-led cannabis farm joins an effort to build a sustainable hemp marketplace; and New York-based Oneida Nation launches a new cannabis enterprise.
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