National Resource Council

What is the NCAIED’s “National Resource Council”?

National Resource Council

The National Center’s National Resource Council is expanding the American Indian private sector and is growing, both domestic and international, economic opportunities for Indian country.

Our National Resource Council is committed to advancing business within Indian Country by leading, innovating, diversifying and sustaining economic development for tribal nations and American Indian businesses.

We utilize over 45 years worth of key relationships, industry experience and resources to assist our members in realizing, and in many cases, expediting their various business goals.

The National Center is uniquely positioned to help its National Resource Council members in navigating the nuances of strategic relationship development across Indian Country.

We can additionally provide expert business development services to our members, including:

  • Market Strategy
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Plan Development
  • Strategic Investment Planning
  • Concept and Budget Development
  • Brand Development
  • Global Businesses Development and Strategy
  • Federal, Corporate and Tribal Procurement Assistance
  • American Indian Supplier Diversity Development

What are the benefits of becoming a “National Resource Council” member?

There are numerous benefits to becoming a National Resource Council member. Primary benefits include:

  • Referrals & business development opportunities for your tribe, company or organization.
  • Strategically partnering with the largest and longest standing national non-profit Indian specific business development organization in the country.
  • Assistance in facilitating Tribal Enterprise opportunities for your organization, company or tribe.
  • Help in reducing Corporate minority outreach costs.
  • Ongoing support and development of mutually beneficial relationships between the American Indian community, Corporate America, Federal Agencies, Foreign Countries and our National Resource Council members.
  • Publicity of successful National Resource Council impacts on Indian communities, in the public sector and abroad.
  • Facilitation of networking opportunities between National Resource Council Members, American Indian leaders, corporate leaders, foreign interests and state, local and national elected officials.
  • Your Tribal, Corporate or Organization’s logo on the National Center website as a National Resource Council Member.
  • Assistance in understanding government contracting, corporate, federal and tribal procurement, corporate diversity initiatives, tribal governments, American Indian contracting incentives, International business opportunities & American Indian culture.

2013 National Resource Council members include:


Derek E. White
General Manager

Gila River Telecommunications, Inc. 
Native Technology Solutions, Inc. 
Alluvion Communications, Inc.

7065 W Allison Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
Direct – 520.796.8845

Kenyatta Lewis
Executive Director of Supplier Diversity

MGM Resorts International – Global Procurement

att-150 Daniel Youmans
Regional Vice President, AT&T External Affairs
Gloria Pualani
Corporate Director, Socio-Economic Business Program
Northrop Grumman Corporation
JoAnne Arvizu
Supplier Diversity Program Administrator
Raytheon Missile Systems
Benita Fortner
Director, Supplier 
Diversity Programs
Raytheon Company
Ross Racine
Executive Director
Intertribal Agriculture Council
Daniel F. Bonamie
Ongweoweh Corp
NOVA John Snider
President and CEO
NOVA Corporation
cahokia-150 Erik Coffin
Founder and CEO
Cahokia Corporate Group
chuckchansi-150 Chance Alberta
choctaw-150 Bill Wemberley
Executive Director
Chief Business & Economic Development Officer
macys-150 Macy’s
Anuskewicz&McCabe Anuskewicz & McCabe P.C.
Sean McCabe, CPA (Diné)
Managing Shareholder


What are the responsibilities of a National Resource Council member?

To qualify as a National Resource Council member a tribe or company must be willing to:

  • Provide financial support to the 501(c)(3) non-profit mission of the NCAIED by maintaining your annual National Resource Council membership dues.
  • Participate at our semiannual National Resource Council meetings.
  • Contribute time and resources to development of the American Indian private sector.
  • Encourage the use of American Indian suppliers to your company and others in your industry.

What “time and resources” are also contributed?

There is a multitude of ways that National Resource Council members contribute to our mission in addition to monetary support. These include:

  • Providing In Kind contributions to support the mission of our organization.
  • Providing executive level management to assist with strategic planning and fund-raising activities.
  • Participation on the Native American Global Trade Center’s Advisory Council.
  • Providing moderators or speakers at NCAIED events.
  • Providing various types of training for NCAIED clients and the American Indian Community at large.
  • Domestic and International Business relationship building with other tribes, companies and organizations that could support NCAIED.

What is the expected level of annual financial support?

National Resource Council membership dues are $25,000 annually.

How do I become a National Resource Council member?

If you are interested in becoming a National Resource Council member and playing a significant role in growing and expanding economic development in Indian Country, then please contact NCAIED President and CEO, Gary Davis at: 480-545-1298 or email Mr. Davis at:

“The Intertribal Agriculture Council would like to applaud the vision of the NCAIED and its leadership, in recognizing the importance of Indian Agriculture in its economic development mission,” said Zach Ducheneaux, Program Manager for the IAC. “Through membership on the National Resource Council, the IAC’s 25 years of experience in advocating the importance of Indian agricultural issues as they relate to Sovereignty, Health, and Economic Development will be shared with all of Indian Country as it moves forward in the quest for self-sufficiency and prosperity. The IAC looks forward to the opportunity to continue to grow this newly formed partnership.”

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