Tribal leaders return to nation's capitol for big economic summit


Gary Davis, at podium, serves as the president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Photo from NCAIED

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development opens its Reservation Economic Summit DC this afternoon.

Hundreds of tribal leaders, Indian entrepreneurs and corporate executives -- along with federal, state and local officials -- are returning to the nation's capital for the second year of the RES DC event. Attendees will participate in sessions on the 8(a) business development program, the burgeoning marijuana industry, online lending, taxation and labor unions at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

"RES DC promises to be another successful economic summit put on by the National Center – and one that will continue our mission of advancing business for Indian Country," Gary Davis, the president and CEO of NCAIED, said in a press release.

This year's event includes a "New Day Now" (NDN) rally at 1:30pm tomorrow. Rep. Bennie Thompson, (D-Mississippi), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security, is scheduled to join tribal leaders in front of the U.S. Capitol to discuss economic development issues.

After the rally, attendees will participate in a listening session with the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. They will discuss the Buy Indian Act and community development financial institutions in Room 216 of the Senate Hart Office Building.

Immediately following the listening session, tribal leaders will hear directly from lawmakers on energy, transportation and other legislative priorities. At least 10 members of both parties are expected to provide remarks in a panel hosted by Ernie Stevens Jr., the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association.

“It is an honor to be able to lead a panel with some of Indian Country’s strongest supporters,” Stevens, who also serves on the board for NCAIED, said in a press release. “The panel is just one of many sessions planned during what will be another fantastic RES event, and I hope Indian Country turns out in strong numbers to make their voices heard in our nation’s capital.”

RES DC runs through Thursday. The full agenda can be found at res.ncaied.org/res-d-c-2015-agenda.

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