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Gary Davis: RES Wisconsin brings diverse businesses together

Intertribal Visions Unlimited at the RES Wisconsin. Photo by NCAIED

Gary Davis, the president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, shares an update from RES Wisconsin this week:
Though our annual National RES event has been a mainstay in Las Vegas for nearly 30 years, this is the first time a Regional RES event has been hosted in Wisconsin, bringing the nation’s leading Native American business event to the Great Lakes Region.

RES events create a collaborative, networking environment for participants through informative sessions, a trade show, and, new to RES, a Listening Session with top staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. RES Wisconsin is truly sustaining economic momentum and creating opportunity for business people across Indian country.

Wisconsin is an especially strong location for RES. The state’s Native heritage is felt today through its 11 federally-recognized tribes, as well as the names of cities and rivers that pay homage to Wisconsin’s first peoples. Appropriately, RES Wisconsin is taking place at the beautiful Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

While the most visible signs of Indian business are often casinos like the Potawatomi’s, the diversity of American Indian economic development will be on display at RES Wisconsin. In fact, next to the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, the tribe has built a bio-digester to recycle food waste into renewable biogas. The energy produced by the bio-digester will be sold back to Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Energy Corporation and offset most of the Potawatomi Community's energy costs throughout the state; an innovative approach that prioritizes sustainable energy.

Get the Story:
Gary Davis: Diversity of Native American Business on Display in Milwaukee (Indian Country Today 10/9)

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