President Joe Biden speaks May 9 at an event on reducing the cost of high-speed internet.  Vice President Kamala Harris applauds at right.

Biden’s plan gets Oklahoma’s native communities online

President Joe Biden speaks May 9 at an event on reducing the cost of high-speed internet.  Vice President Kamala Harris applauds at right.

I grew up on Chickasaw Nation land and always knew I wanted to go back and raise my kids. It’s a small community of 3,000 people where everyone knows each other. Neighbors watch each other’s children and look after people in need. My children will receive their education in the same local school system where I graduated. Most importantly, I raise them surrounded by our culture and history.

But our city is in one of the poorest areas of Oklahoma, with an overall poverty rate hovering around 30%. In a state where the minimum wage is a measly $7.25 an hour, it’s increasingly difficult to keep up with the cost of living, let alone support a family on wages. so low. Even as a full-time nurse, I struggle to make ends meet for my family of six.

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