David Cole provided strong energy to initiate and maintain an Internet site called NativeWeb, one of the first international online sources providing information for and about Indigenous Peoples.
NativeWeb began in 1994 as an outgrowth of the NativeNet listserv mailing lists. David played a key role in a February 1995 meeting at MIT that brought people involved in the project together. In October 1995, David who then worked as webmaster at Syracuse University assumed primary responsibility for administering the website on that university’s computer servers.
David built NativeWeb into an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering communication between Native and non-Native peoples. He was dedicated to providing resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate Indigenous Peoples' use of telecommunications technology. David served as NativeWeb's secretary and treasurer, and managed the website’s resource database and bookcenter
As a result of David’s dedicated labor, NativeWeb received many awards. Most significantly, the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) selected as one of their original 21 top Humanities sites on the Internet. NativeWeb was also included in the Institute for Scientific Information’s premium collection of evaluated scholarly websites.
David brought his own creative understanding of Indigenous Peoples' historical suffering at the hands of industrialized nations and corporate entities that still pressure Indigenous survival.
David was concerned with fostering present-day communication among Peoples working toward a sustainable future for generations yet unborn.
We miss David and are grateful for the opportunities we had to work together for many years.