Indigenous Tribes in Southern California Participate in Pacific Wave

Fourteen Native American tribes in Southern California are now directly connected to the state-of-the-art International Internet Exchange, Pacific Wave, and its peering, high-performance scientific networks, and ever-expanding global connectivity, the company said.

Six more tribes are also expected to join in the coming months. This new connection enables tribal libraries, scientific research facilities, and cultural preservation institutions to collaborate with partners across the state, the nation, and the world.

Tribal Digital Village, a tribal consortium-owned Internet service provider in San Diego County, has connected to Pacific Wave´s infrastructure on the West Coast. A joint project of CENIC and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP), Pacific Wave interconnects most international Asia-Pacific research and education networks, key US Western regional research and educational networks, national-scale research networks, and major commercial research cloud services.

Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVnet) was created by the Southern California Tribal Chairman´s Association (SCTCA) in 2001 to bring Internet services to key community buildings and resource programs on reservations. The 14 tribes now connected to Pacific Wave through TDVnet are:

Barona Band of Mission Indians
Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians
Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians
La Posta Band of Mission Indians
Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians
Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Indians
Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians
Pala Band of Mission Indians
Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

Pacific Wave´s 100-Gbps backbone has access points in Seattle; Sunnyvale, Calif.; Los Angeles; and Tokyo. In addition, there are interconnection points of presence in Chicago, Portland, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and Tulsa. Operated in collaboration with the University of Southern California and the University of Washington, Pacific Wave is the official USA National Science Foundation-funded interconnection and international peering facility, and Software-Defined Exchange (SDX) for Pacific Rim networks.

The Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) is a nonprofit corporation serving research, education, health care, cultural, governmental, including tribal government, and R&D organizations across the greater Northwest and throughout the Pacific Rim.

CENIC connects California to the world — advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and individuals at other vital public-serving institutions.

The Southern California Tribal Chairmen´s Association (SCTCA) is a multi-service non-profit corporation established in 1972 for a consortium of 20 federally recognized Indian tribes in Southern California.