BY GWYNETH DOLAND, NEW MEXICO IN DEPTH | MAY 4, 2020
"When the University of New Mexico announced March 19 that all spring semester classes would move online and all students should move out of the dorms, 21-year-old communications major Hannah John went home. But she couldn’t stay long.
Tall Ponderosa pines are the major architectural feature of Vanderwagen, population 1,700. Sandwiched between the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo along New Mexico’s western border, it’s about half an hour away from Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Education school, where John’s parents teach. The school has been online since the 1990s, but at home in Vanderwagen, John’s internet is still spotty.
'I went home for a week to test it out, but it was super slow,' John said in a phone interview. 'It wouldn’t Zoom or anything.'"