The Department of Information Services (DIS) consists of six staff members who strive to meet the high demand for technology services. All tribal offices are connected through a Wide Area Network and instant internet access so that information can be shared quickly and efficiently.
In late May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Services awarded a Community Connect Broadband grant in the amount of $735,250 to Hood Canal Communications for a project that brought high-speed broadband telecommunications links to the Squaxin Island tribal community. Senator Patty Murray, who has developed a statewide rural telecommunications working group to help bring broadband services to underserved areas, said, “This is great news. This grant will bring new benefits and opportunities to the area. I salute Hood Canal Communications for their partnership in bringing high-speed access to members of the Squaxin Island Tribe.”
New file and security servers were recently installed in the Finance Department, the museum and the tribal campus and, in order to increase productivity, all computers were networked to copy and FAX machines. Computers, servers, and software are upgraded and maintained while up-to-date virus protection services are provided to all departments each week.
Seventy percent of the Tribe’s computers are now on Windows XP and 80% are hardware compliant. The Finance Department’s accounting software was recently upgraded to a new, more efficient system and the museum was equipped with new, state-of-the-art data base software. DIS also manages all local, long distance and cell phone services and produces this web site, the Klah-Che-Min monthly newsletter, annual reports, flyers and brochures giving tribal government and tribal members access to a wide variety of information.