The National Center is actively working with Department of Energy and energy producers to increase minority involvement in the industry

DENVER, CO – Derrick Watchman, Chairman of the Board of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center), participates in a panel at the Ute Tribe Energy Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado. The conference, which started Tuesday, is billed as “an international gathering of energy producing Tribes, governments and companies envisioning a path forward towards a more sustainable future.” In addition to Chairman Watchman, the conference features representatives from the Department of Energy, the American Petroleum Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, and many tribal leaders. The National Center is a sponsor of the event.

“The National Center is very excited to participate and sponsor the Ute Tribe Energy Conference and Expo,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “Energy will play a large part in the United States’ economic future, and presents employment and economic development opportunities across Indian Country. Advancing opportunities in the energy sector is just one more way in which the National Center means business for Indian Country.”

Chairman Watchman participated in a panel entitled “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,” which includes representatives from the Department of Energy and the American Petroleum Institute. In addition, National Center Board Member Michelle Holiday has been named an ambassador in the Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy (MIE) Initiative, which seeks to leverage professional networks, expertise, and financial resources of the private sector to build the capacity of minorities to succeed in energy sector careers and business opportunities as well as to further efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Ms. Holiday’s role as an ambassador has helped secure both DOE and API’s participation in the National Center’s Reservation Economic Summits (RES) in Las Vegas and Washington, DC, as well as the conference this week.

In addition, National Center President and CEO Gary Davis will participate in an upcoming Department of Energy event focused on its MIE Initiative. The November event will include MIE ambassadors, and gather high ranking representatives from the Administration and the private sector to examine the progress of the first year of the MIE Initiative.

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

CONTACT: Lewis Lowe, 202-333-2234

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