Gary Davis – President/CEO, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), welcomed everyone to National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) 2013 with a very dynamic speech. He explained that this year’s theme was “Honoring Our Past….Defining Our Future.” He said, “You will bear witness to the energy of the mounds of Cahokia, brought alive once again, here at National RES.” He explained that throughout history, the Indigenous People have traditionally bartered on their lands and utilized advanced skills—even astronomy—in order to travel and trade globally. Business is not new to Indian Country. In this way, National RES honors those who have come before us.

He explained that it is only by all tribes working together that they could they grow their communities for the betterment of future generations. The NCAIED entwines Ancient Cahokia into National RES Las Vegas 2013. Cahokia is the pinnacle achievement of the Mississippian culture. The National RES is a modern day version of Cahokia. The RES event gathers Native People from all across North America and participants from around the world to do business and talk about economic development.

The Cahokia remains are one of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilizations north of Mexico and are preserved within a 2,200-acre tract, located a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois. The remnants of the central section of this ancient settlement are known today as one of the greatest cities of the world. The city of Cahokia was larger than Lon- don in AD 1250. Cahokia Mounds has been recognized as a U. S. National Historic Landmark.

The city of Cahokia was inhabited from about A.D. 700 to 1400. At its peak, from A.D. 1050 – 1200, the city covered nearly six square miles and was populated by 10,000 to 20,000 people. More than 120 mounds were built over time, with most of the mounds being enlarged several times. Houses were arranged in rows and around open plazas, and vast agricultural fields lay outside the city.

This excerpt was posted from the URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) Small Business Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 4.