NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
- Solar powered telecommunications to Navajo Homes, September 2017
- News – SWC gets $13.8M loan for internet improvements, March 2016
- Press Release – Sacred Wind to Spend $13.8 Million to Improve Internet Facilities, March 2016
- SWC Receives 2014 Best of Albuquerque Award
- SWC – Native Resource Development
- SWC and United Way Roll Out 211 Service to Customers
- Sacred Wind Selected to Represent Rural telecom Companies
- News-Sacred Wind Connects Its 1,300th New Customer
- Why doesn’t Sacred Wind receive funding?
- Remote Navajos Get Solar Phones
- Navajo Nation President Applauds SWC
- SWC Adds Solar Powered Phone Service
- SWC – Navajo Communities Get Phone and Internet Services
- SWC Breaks New Ground with Google Apps
- SWC Success Story – USDA News Release
- Navajo Community Celebrates New Phone & Internet Service
- SWC & Albuquerque Businesses Support Thoreau Community Center
- SWC Announces Winners of Art Contest
- News – SWC Helps Kick Off Statewide Internet Training Program
- Residents Have More Telecommunications Options
- SWC Holds Art Contest to Win Free Laptops
- SWC Hires New Outside Plant Technician
- SWC Hires New Warehouse Attendant in Yatahey
- SWC Awards $25,000 in Scholarship – AIGC
- SWC Hires New Customer Service Representative
- Gallup Resident Wins SWC Contest
- SWC Distributes Food to Navajo Chapters
- SWC Holds Benefit Concert
- SWC Promotes Locals Within its Ranks – John Chavez
- SWC Wins “Shine a Light” Contest
- SWC Opens New Headquarters
- SWC Hires New Construction Engineer
- SWC Hires New Outside Plant Technician
- News – Fujitsu & Sacred Wind Bring Rural Broadband to the Navajo Nation
- SWC Promotes Locals Within its Ranks – Henry McCabe
- SWC Distributes Food to 22 Navajo Chapters for Thanksgiving, November 2008
- SWCCC Recycling Event, November 2008
- SWC Bestows Scholarships to Navajo High School Students, August 2008
- SWC Bestows Scholarships – Nageezi, NM Students, May 2008
- SWC Bestows Scholarships – Rocksprings, NM Student, May 2008
- SWC Employee of NM Wins National Essay Contest, November 2007
- SWC Dedicates Navajo Ecommerce Business Center, November 2007
- SWC Distributes Food to 21 Navajo Chapters for Thanksgiving, November 2007
- SWC Creates Ecommerce Business Center for Navajo Artists, August 2007
- SWC Reaches First Milestone – 100th Customer, June 2007
- SWC Dedicates Navajo Community Computer Lab, May 2007
Sacred Wind Making Academic Opportunities Possible
Sacred Wind is more than a telecommunications company. We are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve, and value the relationships we have created with those on the Navajo reservation and those off tribal lands. Each year Sacred Wind offers scholarships of $1,000 each to students in our territory who are academic achievers and who are financially in need. We are pleased to do this.
One of the ways we know that we can help is by encouraging young people in rural communities to continue their education past the high school years. Presently, education at a university or a technical college can be very expensive and places a great strain on both the student and the student’s family, especially in today’s economy and in rural communities. We estimate that over 40% of the customers in our territory fall beneath the federal poverty guidelines; paying for a college education for their children may not be possible. And yet, education is one of the main ways that people can gain access to upward mobility.
If you’d like to support Sacred Wind Scholarships, please contact us at (505) 821-5080 to make donations so we can help make children fulfill their dreams of higher education.
Sacred Wind Donates $25,000 to Native American Scholarships (2010)
In October, 2009 Sacred Wind was voted as “The Most Inspiring Small Business in America” through the American Express/NBC Shine A Light contest because of its commitment to making a difference in the communities in its territory. As part of the contest winnings, Sacred Wind received $50,000 in cash, half of which Sacred Wind immediately awarded to Native scholarship programs.
On March 2, 2010 John Badal, CEO of Sacred Wind Communications, presented the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) with a $10,000 scholarship check. Then, on March 11, 2010 he presented the Navajo Technical College (NTC) with a $15,000 check for scholarships for Navajo youth attending NTC.
John Badal stated, “There is no better way to ensure a strong future for our company and our state than to support education. We are proud to assist AIGC and the Navajo Technical College in advancing, through higher education, a world of opportunities for our tribal youth.”
Sacred Wind Communications Wins ‘Shine a Light’ Contest
In 2009, American Express in partnership with NBC Universal created their ‘Shine a Light’ program in which a national search was done for the “Most Inspiring Small Business in America.” Local businesses were to be nominated for their community involvement, and then, voted on by the nation’s populace. More than 4,000 companies were nominated and a panel of three judges – fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, TV personality, Ellen Degeneres and MSNBC’s host of “Your Business” JJ Ramberg voted on the three finalists, of which Sacred Wind Communications was one. AMEX/ NBC Universal announced Sacred Wind as the winner of their contest on October 19, 2009.
“Our winning the award is an affirmation of our industry’s value in rural areas,”said John Badal, co-founder and CEO of Sacred Wind Communications, Inc. “Whether a rural telecom carrier or a supplier to such carriers, we bridge the IT divide on a daily basis with little to no fanfare. Sacred Wind’s team of dedicated employees is the main factor in the recognition we’ve received. Their “can do” attitude and their compassion for the many unserved customers in this remote area have transformed a business responsibility into a mission.”
As the winner in the American Express/ NBC Universal ‘Shine a Light’ contest, Sacred Wind received a cash award of $50,000 and an additional $50,000 in marketing support from American Express. Sacred Wind donated half of the cash award to its non-profit’s scholarship fund, creating a scholarship for the Navajo Technical College and supporting the American Indian Graduate Center’s scholarship program.