A Message From the Vice President
Hello and congratulations on Access Native America Net Day. I am pleased to have the opportunity to extend a special message of support to the children, families and educators of Indian country.
Through the hard work of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Gover, and many others, we will turn the vision of connecting all 185 Bureau of Indian Affairs schools to the Internet into a reality. On May 16, a crucial step forward is being taken, when 28 BIA schools in four states will be connected to the Internet. I applaud you, along with all of the organizers, sponsors and volunteers who are participating in this historic and exciting effort to connect our young people to the future.
The President and I are very excited about this effort. We believe that Indian children must have the same access as all other children to the tools of the Information Age. You are our Nation's and your tribes' future. The President and I are committed to making sure that every school in the country receives the tools necessary for children to learn, succeed and prosper.
I am proud that this day is possible because many businesses worked with schools and citizens. We must continue to work together so that all the children in Indian country have a better future and are among the pioneers of the Information Age.
I encourage you all to have fun at the celebration today -- you've earned it. Working together, we can ensure a better future for our country, your tribes, and you.
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