"Within the deep roots of our Indigenous families is buried a timeless wisdom. This wisdom has kept our peoples self-sustainable for thousands of years. Information is not wisdom. Information is without value if it is not available to those who need it. Knowledge, combined with the wisdom of our peoples, is what creates true opportunity.
Indigenous peoples are a valuable part of the information society, and universal connectivity will help us to maintain our values, languages, traditions and sovereignty. If we do not relate technology to our cultures, and assert our rights to this new digital territory, we believe ICTs will become just another solution in search of a problem." (Joe Shirly, Jr., President of the Navajo Nation and member of the IISC, addressing the official WSIS Plenary for the IITF in Tunis, Nov 18th 2005)