Reservation Economic Summit

Reservation Economic Summit 2021 to Take Place July 19-21, 2021

Premier Native American and Alaska Native economic development summit forging ahead with new partnerships

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) will host the 35th annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in July 19-21, 2021, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. In addition, The National Center has announced a new partnership with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) that will allow participants the chance to register for and attend all three events. RES, the largest and longest running national American Indian business event in the nation, joins forces with NIGA and AIBL in the spirit of resiliency and reinvention to support economic development in Indian Country across all industries. 

The National Center is moving forward with a hybrid format that will include a live in-person and live virtual experience available to attendees. The National Center will be following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health guidelines for in-person attendees. RES is the event to attend for high-caliber networking, winning teaming opportunities, business development sessions, and one-on-one consulting all centered around the American Indian Enterprise.

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Each day of RES 2021 will feature traditional programming, breakout sessions, Native Edge Institutes, and SBA training. There will also be unique tracks for Agriculture, Economic Development, Finance, Natural Resources, Procurement, and Workforce Development. RES will feature subject matter experts and leaders across diverse fields including e-commerce, taxation, Federal contracting procurement, accessing capital, women in business, STEM, agriculture, energy, health care, the Small Business Administration’s programs for minority and economically disadvantaged businesses, and more. Additional details, including a tentative agenda, will be announced in March.

RES 2021 will also feature the Native American Business Trade Show, giving vendors and attendees the chance to forge new business relationships and find new economic opportunity at the largest gathering of its kind. The popular RES Talks will continue this year, featuring short presentations from Indigenous business leaders from across the country. Attendees can also build those new relationships in the Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo with the opportunity to meet with representatives from large corporations, including Fortune 500 companies.

Native art and hand-made goods will be showcased at RES with the American Indian Artisan Market. This is a unique opportunity for Native American artisans and creators to sell and introduce their product and companies to thousands of Indian Country customers. Spots are limited, so reserve an Artisan Market booth fast.

NIGA’s annual tradeshow and convention serves to deliver new insights and strategies for operators providing them access to industry leaders and cutting-edge trends in order to help them generate new revenues to support their local communities. This goal closely aligns with RES, which features high-caliber networking, business matchmaking, business development sessions, and one-on-one consulting, as well as the partnership with AIBL, which features their Business Plan Competition for High School and College students, all centered around the growth and development of American Indian Enterprise.

Over the weekend prior to RES, AIBL will host the Student Business Plan Competition that simulates the real-world process of seeking start-up funds for competing teams in a high school and college division. For more information, please visit AIBL’s website at

For more information about RES 2021, including how to register and lodging, click here. Attendees previously registered for the March date should have received information about your registration status. If you have any questions or need to check your registration status, please contact