WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. –At 9:05 this morning the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) went live with a web cast of today’s NHA Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

“This is a first for NHA and we may have set the bar for of all the tribal enterprises to follow our lead,” said Board members, Kris Beecher (chairman), Derrith Watchman-Moore (vice-chairwoman), and Frankie Lee (member).

“One of the first goals we communicated when we took our seats 54 days ago was the need for transparency and communication,” they said. “Rather than reading about our activities through the media, the public can see what we are doing; unfiltered.”

In the first hour, the site received an average of 15-16 viewers, and another 60-70 who watched the recorded versions on NHA’s dedicated channel through YouTube. “We wanted to iron-out any technical and formatting issues before we publicly announced the site,” said Norman Benally, NHA Chief Administrative Officer. “We have other enhancements to the live feed, such as identifying speakers and some graphics, which should be in place in time for the next Board meeting.”

Benally said they had some minor problems, but the IT department and networking staff worked out the issues during the webcast. He also said no extra bandwidth is necessary and the NHA web site at www.hooghan.org is able to handle the web traffic. He said the cost was under $1,000 for software and special equipment.

The Board is looking into further technological upgrades. The next live feed will be publicly announced and advertised prior to the next Board meeting.

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