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Don Osborn
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Native American Family Technology Journey to Help Weave Technology With
Traditions

IBM and Career Communications Group Launch Public Awareness Initiative October
30th to Assist Native Americans in Closing the Digital Divide
http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=74997

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE)  -- 10/28/2004 -- Weaving today's computer
technology with Native American traditions is the centerpiece of the inaugural
Native American Family Technology Journey (NAFTJ), a national public awareness
program starting October 30th to encourage native people to consider the
advantages and opportunities made possible by bringing computer technology into
their daily lives.

The first of four NAFTJ events will be a technology workshop hosted by IBM and
the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian at the museum in New
York City on October 30th. Native American children will collaborate on
programming a robot and guiding it over an obstacle course designed to their
specifications. At the same time, parents and other guests will attend a
seminar highlighting the educational, career and other opportunities that can
be leveraged by building technological skills.

A study released by the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, titled "Falling Through The Net:
Defining The Digital Divide," found that Native Americans "rank far below the
national average in their access to telephones, computers and the Internet... "
At 26.8%, access to computers among rural Native American households lags
behind the national average by more than 15%. Similarly, access to the Internet
for Native American households overall at 18.9% also trails the national
average.

Sponsored by IBM and Career Communications Group, NAFTJ coincides with National
American Indian Heritage Month. The Journey includes career and educational
seminars, interactive demonstrations and computer and Internet workshops that
will offer Native Americans residing in urban centers, rural areas and on
tribal lands technology access and training.

"As the world's largest information technology provider, IBM has the privilege
of employing and doing business with people from virtually every background,"
said Bob Moffat, senior vice president, Integrated Supply Chain, IBM and a
NAFTJ national co-chair. "Working with our employees, business partners and the
leadership of American Indian communities, we've seen the possibilities of how
technology can help preserve languages and traditions and enhance the
educational and career opportunities for native people; and we are committed to
doing everything we can to assist Native American families in participating
more fully in the Digital Age."

NAFTJ will also highlight the role technology is playing in the preservation of
native languages. Native American tribes seeking federal recognition by the
U.S. government must have and still use a native language. More than 500 native
languages exist, most of which are spoken rather than written. Storytelling is
the means by which many elders pass native languages on to younger generations.
IBM has been working with the Cherokee Nation to develop translation software
and keyboard enablements that could assist tribes in preserving their
languages.

Other Native American Family Technology Journey events include:

November 1st: Students from local middle schools will visit the University of
North Carolina Pembroke to participate in a robotics experiment and develop
technology presentations that they will share with their parents at a NAFTJ
reception later that afternoon. They will also interact with Native American
executives and IBM employee volunteers to learn about career opportunities in
the IT industry.

November 6th: NAFTJ will partner with the nation of the Tohono O'odham people to
host a technology fair at the Tohono O'odham Community College in Sells,
Arizona, providing more than 200 people with computer training as well as
instructions on navigating the Internet and accessing online information about
educational grants and other key services.

November 18th: The Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, OK, will host a technology fair
for approximately 100 people at Sequoyah High School, which will include
demonstrations of the IBM translation software and keyboard. Parents will also
receive computer instruction, attend workshops and learn about software that
will allow them to access student grades, activities, upcoming events and other
important information.

To learn more about the Native American Family Technology Journey, please visit
www.nativeamericanfamilynet.net or call (410) 244-7101.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of
leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM
and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and
technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of
the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

About CCG

Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG) is a minority-owned media services
company, headquartered in Baltimore, MD. The company was founded 20 years ago
to promote significant minority achievements in engineering, science and
technology. For more information about CCG, visit www.ccgmag.com.

CONTACT:
Karina Diehl Duart
IBM
305-969-7318
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Cecilia Santana
Circulation Expertí, Ltd.
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SOURCE: IBM

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