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.

TopicRegistration Link
Visioning with Dr. Robert MillerRecording link
Indicators with Sweetgrass ConsultingRecording link
Asset Assessment with Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead NationRecording link
Leak Plugging with Barbara Stiffarm, Executive Director of Opportunity LinkRecording link
Local Purchasing with Sister Sky and Shana BarehandRecording link
Promoting Entrepreneurship with Nixyaawii Community Financial Services and Oregon Native American Chamber of CommerceRecording link
Business Incubators with Chris Watson, Executive Director of Warm Springs Community Action TeamRecording coming soon!
Community Capital with Northwest Native Lending Network and Northern Cheyenne TribeRecording coming soon!
Tribal Policies (featured guests TBA)Recording coming soon!

2022 ATNI-EDC Economic Summit

25 Years of Resilience: Reset-Restart-Renew

Thank you to our sponsors and participants at this year’s Northwest Native Economic Summit, presented in partnership with Nixyaawii Community Financial Services! This event took place at Wildhorse Casino & Resort and included the first Northwest Native Fashion Show featuring native designers, models, DJ and production team.

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