Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming


The tribe is seeking a federal license for airwaves that could lead to low-cost wireless communications for telephones, high-speed Internet and cable television. It bid for one of 14 wireless communication licenses being auctioned off by the Federal Communications Commission. So far, the tribe is a high bidder and the only American Indian tribe participating. Thirty-four other bidders participated. Glen Gurney, a consultant working for the tribe, said the tribe is seeking some of the wireless airways over Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. It could develop wireless services itself or lease the airwaves. The bid would provide enormous economic development for the tribe, he said.