ATNI Conventions

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (parent organization to ATNI-EDC) hosts a convention three times a year, generally in or around January (Winter Convention), May (Midyear Convention), and in September (Annual Convention). You can find updated information at ATNI-EDC supports the ATNI Economic Development Committee. You may submit presentation inquiries for the ATNI Economic Development Committee to

ATNI Winter Convention

When: January 24 – 27, 2022

Where: Virtual

Join ATNI-EDC at the ATNI Winter Convention where we will be hosting two sessions:

Economic Development Committee Meeting 1/25 @2:45pm – 6pm PST

Join us for reports on our ongoing projects at ATNI-EDC and hear from some of our partners on upcoming opportunities.

SSBCI Breakout Session 1/26 @2:30pm – 5pm PST

This session is designed to answer questions around the SSBCI program and introduce the regional effort to effectively deploy these resources.  ATNI-EDC is developing a regional strategy to support Tribes that wish to participate in the SSBCI program and may not have capacity or resources to run a standalone program.

We have been working with various consultants to develop the regional strategy to support ATNI Tribal enterprises and Tribal-citizen owned businesses.  We will likely be focusing on the Participation Loan and Loan Guarantee programs under SSBCI.


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U.S. Department of Treasury page on SSBCI

Drastic economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic raised concerns for potentially negative impacts to tribal seafood harvesters and prompted the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation (ATNI-EDC) and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) to launch studies into identifying how the Pacific Northwest seafood industry—retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, and individual consumers—had adapted their fish purchasing and consumption habits as a result of pandemic disruptions.  

By conducting a retail seafood market survey in 2020 and researching the avenues for which tribal-caught seafood products were reaching customers, ATNI-EDC and CRITFC have now obtained data to better understand the market conditions and influences upon consumer seafood purchasing decisions that started in 2020 and remain today. The SurveyMonkey results titled “Report: Insights into Direct Marketing Options for Native American Fishers” was conducted by ATNI-EDC from late 2020 into mid-2021 and concluded in September 2021. The results of this report along with complementary subjects will be offered to tribal seafood harvesters in the form of three on-line presentations with featured experts. The goals of these presentations are to present the survey results and key takeaways, to provide a refresher on food safety and handling, and to discuss direct marketing and accessing co-ops and farmers markets. These topics will inform and empower tribal seafood harvesters, in the hopes of achieving more successful outcomes through the 2022 season and beyond. 

Please join us for this virtual webinar series!

Presentation 1:  Results & Key Takeaways of the 2020 Retail Seafood Market Survey

When: February 16, from 11am – 12pm PST

Presentation 2: Food Safety & Proper Handling Principles

When: February 23, 2022 from 11am – 12pm PST

Presentation 3: Direct Marketing & Accessing Co-Ops

When: March 2, 2022 from 11am – 12pm PST

Vibrant Tribal Economies Webinar Series

The COVID pandemic has reinforced for communities worldwide the importance of resilience and self-reliance.  For tribal communities, these goals have been obvious for millennia–but increasingly beyond reach.  Over the past four hundred years, tribal communities in North America have systematically had their economies undermined through expropriation, uprooting, resettlement, and colonization. The result is the worst levels of poverty, ill health, illiteracy, and other social challenges in the country.  To restore prosperity, tribal communities must diversify, strengthen, and expand their own businesses. Over the past three years, the Northwest Area Foundation has been promoting their ideas in eight tribal communities. This series is designed to share the building blocks of “Vital Tribal Communities” to a larger audience.

Each webinar will begin with economist Michael Shuman sharing 5-10 minutes of framing ideas, followed by one or two tribes sharing their success stories.  The remainder of the time is Q&A and discussion. 

February 18, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTVisioning
March 18, 2022 at 12—1:15 pm PSTIndicators
April 15, 2022 at 12—1:15 pm PSTAsset Assessment
May 23, 2022 at 12—1:15 pm PSTLeak Plugging
June 17, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTLocal Purchasing
July 15, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTPromoting Entrepreneurship
August 19, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTBusiness Incubators
September 16, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTCommunity Capital
October 14, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTTribal Policies

The series will kick off on February 18 with guest speaker Dr. Robert Miller (Eastern Shawnee Tribe), Professor of Law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

2021 ATNI-EDC Economic Summit

25 Years of Resilience: Reset-Restart-Renew

Date: TBD

Location: Portland, Oregon and online

Check back for updates!