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Tohono O'odham Nation to receive Bipartisan Infrastructure funds for broadband

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included funds to help improve tribal access to high-speed internet, and the state’s U.S. Senate delegation recently announced that some of that money will go to a southern Arizona tribe.

Although the legislation included funding for brick and mortar infrastructure such as roads and bridges, it also will help upgrade internet connections in rural communities.

The Tohono O’odham Nation will receive nearly half a million dollars to help plan and develop broadband coverage for the tribe, which is located in southern Arizona.

The program will also provide assistance for monthly internet bills for families that qualify.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.