NCAIED to collaborate with DOE for its National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, DC

NCAIED to collaborate with DOE for its National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, DC

3 day Department of Energy conference will focus on energy development issues for tribes; on tribal lands August 21, 2015 MESA, AZ – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) will assist with the planning and execution of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) September 23-25 National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, DC. The conference’s theme is “Transforming our Energy Future.” Using its experience with its 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 that benefits Indian Country. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz will attend the conference, and both President Obama and Vice President Biden have been invited to address attendees. “For years, energy has been one of NCAIED’s biggest focus areas, both through our Reservation Economic Summits and other sponsored 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 for Indian Country. We look forward to a great event that will help to transform our energy future, and we hope Indian Country participates in full force.” 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). In-depth concurrent panel discussions will focus on specific topic areas, including: Energy Resources; Climate Action Plan;...
New Day Now Rally, Congressional Sessions Highlight Reservation Economic Summit (RES) DC Events on the Hill

New Day Now Rally, Congressional Sessions Highlight Reservation Economic Summit (RES) DC Events on the Hill

Second RES in DC features strong focus on Capitol Hill in addition to other exciting sessions, events June 18, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – The New Day Now rally featuring Native American business leaders, Congressman Bennie Thompson (Mississippi), and hundreds of American Indians gathered on the West front of the U.S. Capitol was a highlight of the second consecutive Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in DC, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center). The rally affirmed and advanced economic development in Indian Country, and served as a kickoff for a jam-packed day on Capitol Hill for conference participants. The day included a listening session with Members of Congress from both parties in the House and the Senate, a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on legislation key to Indian Country, and a reception for RES attendees and lawmakers. National Center President and CEO Gary Davis outlined the importance of the rally and the issues discussed in an op ed, published in The Hill on Wednesday. “The New Day Now rally was a resounding success, uniting Indian Country behind a new economic development agenda and helping to make our collective voices heard,” said Gary Davis. “The National Center is focused on addressing the stumbling blocks facing the growth of an American Indian economy. Those issues must be overcome so we can provide a more sustainable and self-sufficient Indian Country for future generations of American Indian people. We are committed to living up to our mission of meaning business for Indian Country and the great amount of support we received today affirmed that we are indeed ready for...
A new day now for Indian Country

A new day now for Indian Country

BY GARY DAVIS / THE HILL’S CONGRESS BLOG / 17 JUNE 2015 Click Here to view Op/Ed as first published on TheHill.com On Tuesday, leaders from across Indian Country gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol for the New Day Now rally, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development during our Reservation Economic Summit (RES). Designed to affirm and advance economic development for Native Americans, the rally also provides a venue to raise our collective voices to ensure our message is heard by policymakers. Following the rally, participants further drove home their message through two Capitol Hill sessions focusing on topics key to Indian Country. One of the topics at the sessions was the full implementation of the Buy Indian Act, which is symbolic of the broken promises that have too often defined our relationship with the federal government. Originally signed into law by President Taft in 1910, it took over 100 years for the Buy Indian Act to be implemented. The legislation addressed a critical need: boosting economic development for Native Americans by requiring the Bureau of Indian Affairs to purchase from and contract with Native-owned businesses. Problem is, the Bureau of Indian Affairs didn’t get around to writing the rules for and implementing the legislation until 2013. Though the administration and assistant secretary Kevin Washburn specifically deserve credit for dusting off the century-old legislation, there are still questions about how effectively and widespread the Buy Indian Act is being used and deployed to the benefit of Indian Country. These concerns persist despite President Obama’s 2014 pledge to increase Buy Indian Act purchasing by 10 percent. Similar to the long implementation schedule...
Session at RES D.C. meeting explores marijuana in Indian Country

Session at RES D.C. meeting explores marijuana in Indian Country

Caution urged as tribes enter new industry BY ANDREW BAHL / INDIANZ.COM / 17 June 2015 Click Here to view full post on Indianz.Com The Reservation Economic Summit DC was in full swing in the nation’s capital on Tuesday with a breakout session on the burgeoning marijuana industry in Indian Country. Interest in marijuana grew following the release of the Wilkinson memo late last year. In it, the Department of Justice confirmed that the shift away from strict enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws would also apply to tribal governments. Tim Purdon, a former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota and an advocate for the Wilkinson memo, spoke at the breakout session. He said DOJ will not prosecute a tribe that has legalized marijuana as long as a strong regulatory system is in place. “As long as a sovereign state has a strong regulatory scheme,” Purdon said, “it appears the DOJ will stand down.” Purdon represents Alex White Plume, a former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe whose industrial hemp crops were destroyed by federal agents even though the plant does not contain the same drug-inducing characteristics as marijuana, a close relative. Tribal law recognizes the distinction but federal law does not. Purdon is trying to help his client restart the hemp operation but is seeing opposition from government attorneys. He said tribes need to be able to justify their decision to pursue marijuana cultivation in order to avoid similar types of litigation. “You need to make the argument that your regulation is strong, robust and protects public safety and that [growing marijuana] is a positive for your tribe,” Purdon added. Robert Shepherd, a former chairman of Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate...
NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens to Lead Congressional Panel at during Upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES)

NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens to Lead Congressional Panel at during Upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES)

Chairman Stevens also serves on the board of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development WASHINGTON, DC – Ernie Stevens, Jr., who serves as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, will lead a Congressional panel during the upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Washington, DC. RES DC is hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), of which Chairman Stevens also serves as a board member. The panel is designed for lawmakers of both parties in both the Senate and the House to give RES attendees an update on important legislative developments in Indian Country. “It is an honor to be able to lead a panel with some of Indian Country’s strongest supporters,” said Chairman Stevens. “The panel is just one of many sessions planned during what will be another fantastic RES event, and I hope Indian Country turns out in strong numbers to make their voices heard in our nation’s capital.” In addition to the panel led by Chairman Stevens, RES DC will host informative and interactive sessions at the Omni Shoreham hotel throughout the week, focusing important economic development topics in Indian Country. RES DC will also feature events designed specifically to connect Native American businesses and entrepreneurs with business opportunities. Prior to the Congressional panel, NCAIED will host a New Day Now rally in front of the Capitol to affirm and advance economic development in Indian Country. “We are thrilled to have one of Indian Country’s strongest and most respected voices host the Congressional panel during RES DC,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of NCAIED. “Our collective voices will ensure...
It’s a New Day Now! D.C. Rally Will Promote Economic Development in Indian Country

It’s a New Day Now! D.C. Rally Will Promote Economic Development in Indian Country

BY KRISTI EATON / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY MEDIA NETWORK / 09 June 2015 Click Here to view full post on ICTMN.COM Hundreds of tribal representatives as well as American Indian advocates and supporters are expected to rally in Washington D.C. on June 16 in front of the U.S. Capitol to bring attention to advancing economic development in Indian country. This is the second year that the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will host a regional Reservation Economic Summit, or RES event, in the nation’s capital, and the first time that a rally will be held, according to Gary Davis, president and CEO of the National Center, a nonprofit organization that assists American Indian tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development. “While I think it’s going to be a great way to assemble a few hundred people together and have leadership come and be part of it … all of the folks joining down there will be making affirmative statements about a New Day economically for Indian country and a New Day Now,” Davis told ICTMN, referring to the theme of the rally, which is meant to unite Indian country behind an economic development agenda. “I think the time has come for us to expect that we have the capability to move forward and understand and bring into fruition opportunity and determine what that opportunity may be.” Among those expected to take part will be Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who has been an advocate for the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Indians, Davis said. The summit, which runs June 15-18, will be the National Center’s sixth regional summit. As the National Center was looking...
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