By Bob Strauss
Ndn.me (say it aloud) launched last Friday, offering a variety of news feeds, events listings, links to tribal sites and other features. What it mainly offers, though, is a chance for individuals, groups and businesses to connect and keep in touch no matter where they may be.
"The focus is on tying everyone in the Native community together," said Rudy Ortega Jr., tribal administrator for the Fernande o Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, which created the site. "When someone leaves a reservation, they can use it to learn where the Indian organizations and events in a city are at. Or vice versa, they can use it to communicate back with people on the reservation."
For more on Natives online, see Amazon Indian Students on the Net and Distance Learning Via ELKNet.
Below: "From left, Robert Young, creative marketing director; Austin Martin, tribal senator; Dakotah Pena, website developer; and Rudy Ortega Jr., tribal administrator, are responsible for starting a social website for American Indians at the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians in San Fernando." (David Crane/Staff Photographer)
"When someone leaves a reservation, they can use it to learn where the Indian organizations and events in a city are at. Or vice versa, they can use it to communicate back with people on the reservation."
Hmmm, if you were from out of town all you would have to do is google Indian organizations and events. As for communicating with people back home that's what e-mail and a phone is for.
I don't know, these people received a grant for this and I've never heard of their tribe. Seems kind of sketchy to me.
Great business model: set up something to turn away 99% of your potential customers.
Rob is right. Natives should use the real Facebook, and they are, rather than hide away somewhere.
They're a real tribe, I think, but not a federally recognized one:
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