Cayuse Native Solutions has hired Melinda Broncheau as a Digital Navigator who will lead a three-year program designed to boost digital skills and technology access for the Umatilla Indian Reservation community.
She brings to the role nearly 20 years of experience in the information technology field as a technician, project manager, trainer, and IT help desk supervisor. She has also had community facing roles including as a screener for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) during the pandemic. She owns a small business on the Umatilla Reservation and she is an enrolled CTUIR tribal citizen.
The Digital Inclusion program that Broncheau will lead is the result of a $380,369 funding award from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) to advance the Umatilla Indian Reservation towards digital equity and inclusion. According to the NDIA: “Digital navigators are trusted guides who assist community members in internet adoption and the use of computing devices. Digital navigation services include ongoing one-on-one assistance with affordable internet access, device acquisition, technical skills, and application support.”
More information will be shared with the community this fall and winter as the program develops. Broncheau will begin training with the national cadre of digital navigators in November and will start delivering digital inclusion services to the community in January 2023.