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Reservation Economic Summit Santa Fe (RES N.M.) November 16th – 19th, 2015

The Reservation Economic Summit (RES) events are an integral part of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s ongoing commitment to the Native American Business Community. The RES events provide unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s on both a regional and national platform.

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The host hotel for RES N.M. is the fabulous Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe.

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Additional NCAIED Programs And Services

Native Edge

The Native Edge is an unprecedented online business training, networking, employment and development ecosystem built to give Indian Country the “Edge” in all aspects of business.

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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.

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The National Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides professional business consulting services and technical assistance to Native American-owned businesses regarding marketing and selling to the Federal, state, local and tribal governments.

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The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development hosts many national and regional events as well as several scholarship and awards galas. Our media section showcases photos and videos from these various events. A great way to get acquainted with the NCAIED family.

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Global Trade

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (NCAIED) Native American Global Trade Center (NAGTC) is a consortium of top-level business visionaries and innovators who are furthering economic development

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NCAIED Scholarships

The National Center for American Indian Economic Development takes great pride in providing scholarship awards to deserving and outstanding Native American community leaders. Our scholarship programs are an annual process requiring applicants to meet specific requirements and criteria to enter.

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PTAC Success Stories

New NCAIED PTAC Procurement Specialist makes Debut at RES D.C. 2014 Kristi Long is the NCAIED PTAC’s newest employee. She has over 16 years of government contracting experience, having worked as a contracting officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service. She holds the Warrant Level II Contracting Officer Certification and is a graduate of the University of Phoenix in Albuquerque, NM. Kristi has been with the PTAC since April 2014. During that short time, Kristi has already made a very positive impact on the program. Kristi’s intimate knowledge of the purchasing policies and methods used by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service has been a great asset in assisting her clients. At the RES D.C. 2014 conference, Kristi was asked to participate in several breakout sessions, and was specifically requested by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to be a panelist in a session entitled “The Buy Indian Act: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Indian Health Services (IHS)-Regulations and Enforcement.” Kristi was commended both by her fellow panelists and audience participants for her first-hand knowledge of the subject matter. In addition to the valuable counseling she has been providing her clients, Kristi’s efforts have already resulted in client contract awards. Dee St. Cyr of Bear Woman Enterprises describes how Kristi provided assistance that ultimately led to a contract award for her company: I started Bear Woman in 2011 and struggled to get even the smallest contracts. It wasn’t until I signed on with the PTAC that things started to turn around. Kristi Long made the difference. Within the first week I was... read more

NCAIED Hosts NOFAS “Honoring” Reception at RES DC

Watch highlights of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) “Honoring” Reception hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprises Development’s at its RES D.C. event on June 24, 2014. In attendance were several distinguished guests including U.S. Rep. Don Young, U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, National Indian Gaming Chairman Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., and U.S. Senate Indian Affair Committee Chief of Staff Mary... read more

Pushing Obama to Appoint a Tribal Economic Development Council

BY ROB CAPRICCIOSO / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY MEDIA NETWORK / 3 JULY 2014 PHOTO BY JULIANNE DEFILIPPIS / CRONKITE NEWS American Indian leaders and Native-focused legislators are pushing President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to establish a tribal economic development council made up of actual tribal leaders. Such a move, say advocates of the seemingly common-sense idea, would illustrate that Obama and his administration are serious about creating an overarching economic plan for Indian country, and it would put more weight behind a series of disjointed initiatives his team has already offered. They note, too, that the President of late has been willing to face scrutiny from Republicans by expanding his use of executive powers on immigration reform, health care, and other issues, so they wish he would add this pressing area to his agenda. And there’s already a model in place for him to do so, exemplified by his creation of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology through executive order in 2010. “It’s time to diversify the conversation,” says Gary Davis, president and chief executive officer of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, who noted the idea was seriously discussed at the organization’s recently-concluded Washington, D.C.-based Reservation Economic Summit. “We need the Native people who are advancing economic develop in Indian country every single day weighing in, making sure that the proper tribal perspective is being offered.” Indian leaders know full well that the president has already created a White House Native American Affairs Council, but they widely lament that it is made up mainly of non-Indian agency officials spread throughout the vast administration who don’t have the on-the-ground experience... read more

Opening business opportunities for Native Americans

BY GARY DAVIS / THE HILL’S CONGRESS BLOG / 10 JULY 2014 Click Here to view Op/Ed as first published on We’re living in historic times for Indian Country – and, despite the heavy news coverage, it goes far beyond the name of the professional football team that calls our nation’s capital home. Four weeks ago, President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota – only the third visit to a reservation by a sitting president. While in North Dakota, Obama pledged to continue and expand his administration’s work to create new economic opportunities, improve Indian schools, and address critical health issues on reservations and across Indian Country. During RES DC, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss how we could encourage investment in Indian Country – a hearing in which I was honored to participate. Significantly, the hearing occurred during the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (National Center) Reservation Economic Summit in Washington, DC (RES DC). Through RES DC, the National Center seeks to bring Indian Country to our nation’s capital to expand business opportunities, entrepreneurship, and provide networking opportunities with leaders in government, business, and tribes. Though this is our first conference in DC, RES is the largest and longest-running American Indian business event in the country. RES DC featured great speakers and presenters from across many government agencies and leaders in top corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, and the Nova Corporation, and we also announced the launch of our online business development and training initiative, the National Center Edge portal. The National Center Edge initiative will provide 24/7 online access and training to Indian Country... read more


BY NATIVE NEWS ONLINE STAFF / CURRENTS / 26 JUN 2014 WASHINGTON – Wednesday, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman Jon Tester (D – Montana) held a hearing on economic and business conditions in Indian country. Access to capital remains a primary factor leading to stagnant economic growth on reservations. “Over the last few months, I’ve highlighted the need for better education for Indian children. However, better learning opportunities will go for naught if tribal economies are struggling – forcing students to take their skills and find jobs elsewhere,” Tester said. “We can’t let that happen. Our First Americans should not have to choose between making a good living away from their family and homelands or living in poverty.” According to the 2013 American Indian Population and Labor Force Report, only 50% of all Native Americans living in or near tribal areas, who are 16 years or older, are employed. Additionally, an estimated 23% of all Native American families in the United States in 2010 earned income below the poverty line. “Despite notable progress over recent years, there still remains private sector uncertainty about whether Indian Country is a good investment,” said William Lettig, Executive Vice President of KeyBank. “This uncertainty, which I believe is based on lack of information and understanding about Indian Country, has a chilling effect on capital markets’ appetite for investing in Indian Country.” KEVIN J. ALLIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIVE AMERICAN CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, SAID, “THE COMMUNITIES WHICH NATIVE ENTERPRISES SERVE REMAIN SOME OF THE POOREST AND MOST UNDERSERVED GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE IS STILL TREMENDOUS WORK TO BE DONE IN EFFECTING POSITIVE AND SUSTAINABLE BENEFITS FOR THESE COMMUNITIES.”... read more

Officials: Investors often overlook Indian Country development opportunities

BY JULIANNE DEFILIPPIS / CRONKITE NEWS / 25 JUN 2014 PHOTOS BY JULIANNE DEFILIPPIS Click Here to view full post on Cronkite News WASHINGTON – A Mesa executive told a Senate panel Wednesday that there is plenty of opportunity for economic development in Indian Country, but not enough investment to make it happen. Gary Davis, president and CEO of the Mesa-based National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, was one of several witnesses at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on the importance of encouraging investment on tribal lands. Davis said his organization’s efforts to help tribal businesses and economies “are oftentimes frustrated by federal programs that provide too few dollars and too many rigid operating and private matching-fund requirements.” Other panelists agreed that access to financing is key to boosting economic development in Indian Country. “Native communities all across the nation continue to face extraordinary economic challenges that limit access to capital,” said Dennis Nolan, acting director of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. Nolan said a 2001 survey by the fund found this poor access to be one of the key reasons for the lack of economic opportunity in native communities. The federal fund is supposed to help reverse that trend, by investing in nongovernmental entities so they can serve low-income communities that lack access to affordable financial services. But the CDFI Fund itself came in for a fair amount of criticism Wednesday from other witnesses and lawmakers. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and chairman of the committee, pointed out that none of the current 68 Native CFDIs have been awarded program funds in the last two years. Nolan attributed that to both a lack... read more

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on Economic Development in Indian Country

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing to receive testimony on “Economic Development: Encouraging Investment in Indian Country,” on June 25, 2014. The hearing focused on economic development in tribal communities, and specifically on how the lack of access to credit has inhibited economic growth in Indian country. The witnesses testified about how federal programs have improved access to much needed capital in Indian country. Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development was one of several Native American business leaders who testified at the Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on the importance of encouraging investment on tribal lands. WHAT: A Committee oversight hearing on economic development WHEN: 2:15 PM, Wednesday, June 25, 2014 WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building Live video and witness testimony is provided at: WITNESS LIST Panel I: MR. DENNIS NOLAN, Deputy Director, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C. Panel II: MR. GARY DAVIS, President and CEO, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Mesa, Arizona MR. WILLIAM “MIKE” LETTIG, Executive Vice President, National Executive Native American Financial Services and Agribusiness, Key Bank, Bellevue, Washington MR. GERALD SHERMAN, Vice-Chair, Native CDFI Network, Roscoe, Montana MR. KEVIN ALLIS, Executive Director, Native American Contractors Association, Washington, D.C. MS. SHERRY L. RUPERT, President, Board of Directors, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico... read more

Native American Business Leaders Converge on Washington, D.C. for Reservation Economic Summit (RES D.C.)

WASHINGTON, DC – Native American business leaders are in Washington, DC this week for the Reservation Economic Summit (RES D.C.) hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center). The conference is the National Center’s first in Washington, DC and brings together tribal leaders, state, local and national elected officials, top CEO’s, established and aspiring Native American business owners, and many more to learn, brainstorm, collaborate, and network in an innovative and motivational business atmosphere.  Topics covered include trade, e-commerce, philanthropy, energy, technology, agribusiness, telecommunications, and gaming. The conference began this morning and will last through Thursday afternoon. The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will also unveil its new online training initiative for Native American businesses Speakers at the conference include Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet; Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior Kevin Washburn; Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the United States Department of Energy The Honorable LaDoris “Dot” Harris, and The White House Office of Public Engagement’s Raina Thiele. In addition, the National Center will formally unveil its new online business training portal at the opening session on Tuesday morning. The National Center Edge initiative is a 24/7 online portal designed to give American Indian entrepreneurs training across the fields of entrepreneurship, small business, emerging markets, and business development. “We are very excited to bring Indian Country to DC with our first Reservation Economic Summit in the nation’s capital,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “Through informative sessions and speakers, our procurement expo, private sector and government... read more
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