The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) welcomes AT&T as its newest National Resource Council member! Pictured (L-R): AT&T Regional Vice President, Mr. Daniel Youmans and NCAIED President & CEO, Gary Davis. Thank you AT&T for your support and dedication to the mission of NCAIED and helping us Put Indian Country to Work!
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Pictured (L-R): AT&T Regional Vice President, Mr. Daniel Youmans and NCAIED President & CEO, Gary Davis.
The National Center’s Teaming Alliance is a program focused on helping you get your business up and going. Here’s a recent example of how we’ve helped make one small business more successful:
Apache Fire Warriors LLC is a small company formed by Mr. Clyde Campbell from the White Mountain Apache Reservation. This company is focused on hazardous fuel reduction for forest management throughout the western U.S.A. Clyde approached the NCTA to assist him in applying for a federal contract.
The staff of NCTA provided him with office space to spread out his paperwork and delve into the complex process of a federal solicitation. The staff reviewed all of the requirements for the solicitation and together was able to put together a required bid for his company. In addition to hazardous fuel reduction, Apache Fire Warriors LLC is also involved in wildland firefighting throughout the western states. Clyde has five years of experience with other enterprises before striking out on his own. Forming his own company has been daunting however Clyde is determined to succeed in developing his own small business.
In addition, Apache Fire Warriors LLC is negotiating a partnership with another company to sell firewood products for local businesses. The NCTA provided him guidance in a straightforward partnership.
NCTA staff has made themselves available to provide what assistance they can to help the success of Apache Fire Warrior. To find out more visit ncaied.org or call 480-545-1298
Leveraging Tribal Renewable Resources To Support Military Energy Goals
May 30-31, 2013
Wild Horse Pass Hotel And Casino
The seventh in a series of planned U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy-sponsored strategic energy development forums, this Tribal Leader Forum is designed to provide information for western U.S. tribal leaders and military leaders on the renewable energy resource development potential on tribal lands, and the opportunities for partnerships between tribes and military installations to promote energy development on tribal lands to achieve military energy security goals. Tribal leaders will also have the opportunity to directly converse with each other and key military leadership by participating in a roundtable discussion to share ideas on how to capitalize on the various renewable energy opportunities and partnerships with the military.
Mesa, Ariz. April 29, 2013 – Following the success of the National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) Las Vegas 2013 this past March, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) announces that it will continue to expand its RES brand with regional events throughout the nation. Its next RES event this year will be “RES California,” an exciting new three-day event to be held from June 17 -19, 2013, at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA.
The theme of RES California is “Sustaining Economic Momentum,” and the NCAIED will do just that by offering an all inclusive RES event that will feature business leaders from across Indian Country and provide a variety of activities aimed at fostering small business, enterprise, and leadership development. RES California activities will begin with the, “National Center Golf Classic” at the beautiful, Journey at Pechanga Golf Resort on June 17, 2013.
Similar to the NCAIED’s National RES event, the Regional RES events will provide the same attention to national and global business topics impacting Indian Country, but in a thoroughly focused and intimate setting. Regional RES events will be held in various tribal communities throughout the country to encourage partnerships, teaming relationships and increase business opportunities in Indian Country. RES participants are offered learning sessions focused on specific topics relevant to business and geared toward enhancing business opportunities.
The featured keynote speaker at RES California is former NYFD Chief Richard Picciotto. Chief Picciotto is the highest-ranking NYFD firefighter to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center. His keynote is entitled, Last Man Down and he addresses what happened on 9/11 and how he and his group of firefighters worked inside the burning World Trade Center to evacuate everyone; eventually leading his men to safety.
When it comes to business and networking across Indian Country in the United States, the National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) has been the place to go for 27 years. And we made sure we didn’t miss out this year, with CEO Karen Caruso flying out to Las Vegas to attend.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), which produces and hosts National RES each year, believes that Native businesses have ample capability – and every reason – to trade globally. The NCAIED invested in this belief wholeheartedly within the past year, by founding the Native American Global Trade Center.
And the NCAIED has invited several renowned and powerful thinkers to Las Vegas this week to reveal the economic possibilities that await Tribal Nations on the international stage.
The summit website states: ” The National Reservation Economic Summit is an ideal setting in which to hone the near-term progress of the Native American Global Trade Center, and exchange ideas at this exciting time of Native Business expansion onto the global stage. Input and collaboration is encouraged!”
The summit is running March 11th – March 14th, and you can take a closer look at the full agenda here.
We’re certainly excited to be participating, and are having a great time at the sessions, making the most of the networking and enjoying the Vegas entertainment (photo on the right provides a sneak peek).
The final afternoon of the 2013 National Reservation Economic Summit brought the proceedings full circle, with a concluding keynote address that reminded attendees about lessons from Cahokia, and the enduring theme of this year’s Summit: Honoring Our Past – Defining Our Future.
“Throughout Native history, we’ve been told many versions of who we are,” began Jim Gray, former Chief of the Osage Nation, as he half-jokingly posted images of a Victoria’s Secret model and entertainer Gwen Stefani, dressed as Indians. “If we don’t grab our story, and we let others do it for us, what happens is people think we don’t exist, that what we are is there for other people to define.”
Crosslin Smith, Cherokee, offers the final prayer of RES 2013 as NCAIED staffers and iPad giveaway winners look on from the stage.
Gray went on to remind attendees of a true story from our history: the Cahokia. Few doubt the reasons the Mississippian culture flourished: waterways facilitated trade, and precious minerals abounded. The Mounds represent the largest archeological site in North America north of Mexico. By 1,000 AD, the community in and around the mounds boasted large communal plazas, grand architecture, elaborate pottery and established religious, ceremonial and residential infrastructure. By AD 1250, Cahokia was larger than London. Corn was grown in such abundance that it fed up to 20,000 people – and yielded a surplus. The culture was so powerful that it is believed to spread throughout the surrounding region and into the Midwest.
“What it was is the Wall Street of its day,” Gray said, “that era that so many of us, genetically, are still connected to. I hope you can see the connection to us. That was who we were, and that’s who we are. We owe it to ourselves, and we owe it to those people who we are descended from, to get that story right.”