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Native Americans Get Tech Help To Preserve Languages, Culture

The goal is to help narrow the digital divide: Native American households lag behind the national average for computer access by about 15 percent and are below on Internet access by nearly 20 percent, according to one tribal spokesman.
Through "The Journey" IBM will offer Native Keyboard Input Method Editor, which allows users to switch from English to another language with a hotkey or command. An online forum will supplement the editing tool by showing how technology can help pass on stories, customs and languages. IBM is also partnering with the Indigenous Language Institute to create a Language Materials Development Center.

The program will also host educational and career seminars encouraging students to pursue careers in technology and business.

Marcella Perrano, director of Title VII Indian Education and member of the Ramapough-Lenape nation, the program will help increase technical education and computer literacy among Native Americans as they incorporate technology into their daily lives.

At least 15 events will be held from Arizona to Alaska this month. November has been federally designated National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

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