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 “Vibrant Tribal Economies” to a larger audience.

DateTopicRegistration Link
February 18, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTVisioning with Dr. Robert MillerRecording link
March 18, 2022 at 12—1:15 pm PSTIndicators with Sweetgrass ConsultingRecording link
April 15, 2022 at 12—1:15 pm PSTAsset Assessment with Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead NationRecording link
May 13, 2022 at 12—1:15 pm PSTLeak Plugging with Barbara Stiffarm, Executive Director of Opportunity LinkRecording link
June 17, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTLocal Purchasing with Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation and Yakama Power
July 15, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTPromoting Entrepreneurship with Nixyaawii Community Financial Services and Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce (Invited)
August 19, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTBusiness Incubators with Warm Springs Community Action Team
September 16, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTCommunity Capital with Northwest Native Lending Network and Northern Cheyenne Tribe
October 14, 2022 at 12—1:15pm PSTTribal Policies (featured guests TBA)

2021 ATNI-EDC Economic Summit

25 Years of Resilience: Reset-Restart-Renew

Date: TBD

Location: Portland, Oregon and online

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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