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Technology-focused SeniorNet contributes computer manuals to Tanka team

August 15, 2015

Technology-focused SeniorNet contributes computer manuals to Tanka team
Native American Natural Foods recently received useful software manuals from SeniorNet, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of computer-using adults, age 50 and older.

SeniorNet has been working with the Department of Interior and actively looking to identify Native tribes and organizations to support. SeniorNet Board Chairman Leslie M. Smith, Business Development Executive for IBM Corp., attended RES Las Vegas five years ago, where he met Tanka CEO Karlene Hunter. When the manuals, which were donated by Cue Publishing, were ready to be given away, Jack Stevens, Chief of the Division of Economic Development for the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, connected Mr. Smith with Ms. Hunter.

SeniorNet partners with various Fortune 500 companies like Cue Publishing, IBM and Microsoft, Mr. Smith said. They grant materials and products and the team at SeniorNet finds underserved communities that need them. Ms. Hunter expressed her appreciation of their donation of manuals to the Tanka Bar ofice.

"We are very appreciative of the donation of Microsoft Resource manuals from SeniorNet. This addition to our library will help individuals with becoming familiar with the many Microsoft tools and help their skill level," she said. "The manuals were a great addition to our library of resources. Thank you, SeniorNet."

Last year, SeniorNet started a center with Quinault Indian Nation in Washington State. Mr. Smith said when he became chairman of the board, one of the things he wanted to do was see if other underserved communities could receive what affluent ones got, such as grants.

Mr. Smith said that he was impressed with Tanka Bar and the mission.

"The natural food aspect while maintaining the history of the Lakota, beyond just the name alone, is inspiring to me," he said. "People need computer skills so they can compete in this world. Why don't we take an extra step and figure out and identify people that need it to help humanity?"

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