Fellowship recipient advocates for increased Cherokee Internet use
By Harrison Okin
Jongkind, a nutrition major, lived on a reservation in the town of Cherokee for two months last summer and gathered information to develop a website that raises awareness about Type 2 diabetes.
“This type of diabetes is directly related to weight,” she said. “We need to encourage programs with nutrition and physical activity.”
Jongkind said most Cherokee are not accustomed to using the Internet. As a result, she said the Cherokee often suffer from preventable conditions like diabetes because they lack the ability to use online resources.
If so, that also would be true of the rural non-Cherokees who live near the rural Cherokees. The problem would be the people's remote location, not their ethnicity.
Since the Eastern Cherokee have a tribal government, a casino, schools, clinics, a newspaper, businesses, historical and cultural attractions, etc., you can be sure they've heard about the Internet. The article obviously promoted the stereotypical notion of Indians as primitive people of the past.
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