NCAIED is proud to be a part of the 3-day Department of Energy conference
September 9, 2015
MESA, AZ – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is excited to be a part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) September 23-25 National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, DC. Using its experience with Reservation Economic Summits (RES) and knowledge of American Indian economic development, NCAIED will collaborate with DOE and summit host the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to ensure a successful event. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz will keynote the conference after being introduced by Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene, and both President Obama and Vice President Biden have been invited to address the summit. Gary Davis, President and CEO of NCAIED, will serve as emcee during the summit, whose theme is “Path to Economic Sovereignty.”
“Despite the ample resource potential that exists on tribal lands, energy security is a significant concern in many Native American communities,” said Secretary Moniz. “The National Tribal Energy Summit supports the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to assist tribal efforts to enhance energy security, increase community resiliency, and cultivate a sustainable energy future.”
The summit will focus on energy policy priorities important to American Indian Tribes and bring together tribal and state governments, federal agencies, tribal corporations, private industry, utilities and academia to explore energy development and security issues identified by tribes and DOE’s Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG). Other federal participants include the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, members of Congress, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
“By developing the vast energy resources across Indian Country we have the potential to transform our economic future, which is why it has been one of NCAIED’s key focus areas at RES and other events and programs,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of NCAIED. “We are excited to work with DOE and NCSL on the upcoming National Tribal Energy Summit, which will help expand business opportunities in the energy sector for tribes and Native Americans across the United States. We encourage Indian Country to sign up now and participate in this informative summit.”
For more information about the summit, which is taking place just north of the U.S. Capitol at the Hyatt Regency, please visit http://www.ncsl.org/research/energy/national-tribal-energy-summit.aspx or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is free for tribal representatives, but advance registration is required by Sept. 10.
In addition to featuring multiple sessions on various energy issues at its Reservation Economic Summits (RES), NCAIED is part of the Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy (MIE) Initiative Partner Network. The network is comprised of energy-focused companies and trade associations joined by a common mission to increase engagement of minority and tribal communities in the energy sector through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, workforce development, energy economic development and climate change policy and awareness.
NOTE TO PRESS: Registration is required but free to credentialed members of the media. Online registration is open and highly encouraged to expedite process. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.
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