[NA-Discuss] Indigenous Peoples Fellowship Program

Thompson, Darlene DThompson1 at GOV.NU.CA
Wed May 29 15:30:06 UTC 2013

Hi all,

Here is a blurb that I did on this issue for consideration by the Fellowship Program.  It has been submitted for their consideration.  You can use any parts of this that may be useful or not as you might wish.


Darlene A. Thompson
Community Access Program Administrator
Nunavut Dept. of Education / N-CAP
P.O. Box 1000, Station 910
Iqaluit, NU  X0A 0H0
Phone:  (867) 975-5631
Fax:  (867) 975-5610
E-mail:  dthompson at gov.nu.ca

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Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] Indigenous Peoples Fellowship Program


Thank you for your note and my apologies for not responding sooner - I've been under the weather with a bad cold for a week and I'm just
crawling out from under now.   And trying to catch up.

My meeting with my contact was VERY brief - and the result was simply that we'll get together at the next meeting to talk further.

I will keep your contact information handy, Eric, with my thanks.   I
also plan, with your permission, to bring along a copy of your e-mail, just in case it proves useful.


On Sat, 2013-05-25 at 10:09 -0700, Eric Brunner-Williams wrote:
> Gordon,
> Ever since John Afele and I undertook outreach to Indigenous 
> Populations -- and my focus was the Americas and Oceania -- during the 
> June 2000 Membership Implementation Task Force -- the progenitor of an 
> "At Large", it has been wicked difficult to offer utility in 
> participating in ICANN sufficient to motivate FN/NA/Metis/Indios to 
> engage, and amongst those who do, to remain engaged.
> A long-winded way of saying that if you know of any FN, Metis, or 
> Allied individuals considering engaging in any part of ICANN, please 
> do pass along my contact information to him/her/them.
> The criteria used by ICANN for its Fellowship Program is:
> "Applicants must be citizens of economically eligible countries. We 
> use a combination of the World Bank classification of low, 
> lower-middle, and upper-middle economies, along with two (2) UN 
> groupings of developing and least developed nations:
> http://www.unohrlls.org/en/sids/44/,
> http://www.unohrlls.org/en/ldc/25/ which are based on distinctly 
> different criteria which stretch beyond the World Bank's economically 
> deterministic view. "
> Here is a brief outline of how I currently view how ICANN can, should 
> it decide to, approach the question of extending its existing 
> Fellowship Program to distinct, under-served populations lacking the 
> objective third-party generated identifiers used, e.g., to provide a 
> delegation from the IANA root zome to an applicant for a Memorandum, 
> rather than a Contract, form of operational agreement (the UN 
> Statistical Agency's designation of Palestine as a distinct 
> identifier, leading to the allocation of "PS" in ISO 3166-1), or the 
> criteria published by the UN-OHRLLS*.
> The current interpretation of the tax authority of the United States 
> is that bonding authority of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes is not 
> capable of issuing tax exempt bonds except for "Government Purposes", 
> unlike the bonding authority of States and their subordinate political 
> jurisdictions -- cities and so forth, which may issue tax exempt bonds 
> for arbitrary purposes, e.g., construction of sports arenas, etc.
> This IRS enforced relative deficiency (originating from a lone member 
> of the Republican House Caucus elected from a district in Florida and 
> highly critical of Indian Gaming), and the Volume Cap for Tribal 
> Economic Development Bonds**, are object, third-party determinations 
> that "significantly less access to finance capital" exists in "Indian 
> Country" within the country with the highest ranking GDP.
> I developed all this (a bunch of supporting data and papers on Tribes 
> and their bonding authority and experience) when I thought that the 
> JAS effort might benefit a new gTLD applicant organic to, or at least 
> committed to serving, some Indigenous Peoples, which of course did not 
> occur. I briefly considered the equivalent issue of tax exempt bonds 
> as a means of access to finance capital and the bonding authority of 
> Treaty Bands in Canada. I don't consider my knowledge in this area 
> equivalent to my knowledge of the situation for Federally Recognized 
> Indian Tribes in the United States.
> What was intended for the new gTLD program can be repurposed to 
> address a long-standing deficiency in the Fellowship Program.
> If you'd like we can work on this off the na-discuss list. There are 
> Indian Telecoms and Datacoms lists, and some of the content relates to 
> ICANN and network access policy.
> Again, please pass along my contact info, should you think it useful.
> Eric
> * UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed 
> Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing 
> States, at http://www.unohrlls.org
> LDC defined at: http://www.unohrlls.org/en/ldc/164/
> LLDC defined at: http://www.unohrlls.org/en/lldc/31/
> SDC defined at: http://www.unohrlls.org/en/sids/43/
> **
> http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Exempt-Bonds/Published-Volume-Cap-Limit-for-Tri
> bal-Economic-Development-Bonds

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