The NCAIED is leading the way in advancing global opportunities for Indian Country through its Native American Global Trade Center (NAGTC).
The NAGTC is a consortium of top-level visionaries and innovators representing and doing business in Indian Country. The NAGTC will further economic development and create long-term vitality of American Indian communities and American Indian owned business through domestic and international expansion, thus enacting sovereignty at its highest level. The NAGTC and its global councils will sustain and grow the domestic economic power of Tribal Nations, Alaska Native Corporations and American Indian owned businesses while building a diversified multinational portfolio encapsulating cross sector opportunities.
Through its NAGTC initiative, the NCAIED is uniquely situated and primed to assist these entities and individuals to thrive and compete in a globalized economy by including international expansion as a critical component of their overall growth strategy. When we seek to “grow our business,” why not seek to “grow our business internationally”? The NAGTC will work diligently to facilitate the development of corporate and global Nation to Nation relationships recently made more viable via momentum established by the HEARTH Act expediting the process of leasing tribal lands for economic and trade development activities. The NAGTC will help corporations and tribal enterprises attract both domestic and foreign investment, on their own or in a consortium, and advance their global trade activities both at home and abroad.
The NAGTC through three initial global councils housed within the NAGTC, will function as think-tanks, consortiums and action platforms for Tribal Nations through tribally held enterprises, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal business leaders to consolidate their economic power and work collaboratively to facilitate international trade opportunities, job creation and domestic economic development within Indian Country. The NCAIED will lead the formation of three distinct global councils with regard to American Indian international trade and the expansion of the American Indian economy domestically. The three areas that have initially been identified are:
The Global Business Council
The Global Agricultural Council
The Global Natural Resources Council
The NCAIED stands ready to hold global business council meetings and develop multinational relationships both at its national and regional Reservation Economic Summits, in order to further the economic development initiatives of the global councils’ under the NAGTC umbrella.
The NCAIED is appraised of the energy, time, and commitment needed to build foreign relations. Through the NAGTC and Reservation Economic Summit (RES), the NCAIED is uniquely positioned to spearhead this effort. The NCAIED looks to foster growth and build relationships with those who are committed to unifying economic power in Indian Country and consortium building in order to facilitate and support the financial sustainability of American Indian communities domestically and while growing the economy of Indian Country globally. The NAGTC is currently funded through sponsorship support from the Forest County Potawatomi Nation and United Parcel Service (UPS).