National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is collaborating with DOE, NCSL for exciting summit

September 24, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Tribal Energy Summit continued today in Washington, DC, bringing together tribal leaders, elected officials, and industry partners to focus on energy policy priorities important to American Indian Tribes. The summit, taking place from September 23-25 and sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), is hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) with support from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz will keynote the conference today after being introduced by Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene. Gary Davis, President and CEO of NCAIED, is serving as emcee during the summit, whose theme is “A 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 focuses on energy policy priorities important to American Indian Tribes and brings 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.

On Thursday, in addition to the keynote speech by Secretary Moniz, the summit will feature sessions dedicated to clean energy, federal partnerships, access to capital, community development and coordination, and workforce opportunities. Friday’s agenda will include additional policy discussions.

To view the complete summit schedule, please visit

“The National Tribal Energy Summit highlights the significant potential to responsibly develop Indian Country’s vast natural resources and transform our future to create a path to economic sovereignty,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of NCAIED. “By bringing together tribal leaders, elected officials, agencies, and other vital stakeholders from the energy sector, we can come closer to meeting the economic goals we all share. It has been great to work alongside the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Department of Energy to put on a very successful and meaningful event.”

For more information about the summit, which is taking place just north of the U.S. Capitol at the Hyatt Regency, please visit Select summit events and sessions can be viewed online by clicking here. You can be a part of the online conversation by using the hashtag #NCSLTribal.

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.

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; 706-302-8404

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