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, 2022Visioning with Dr. Robert MillerRecording link
March 18, 2022Indicators with Sweetgrass ConsultingRecording link
April 15, 2022Asset Assessment with Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead NationRecording link
May 13, 2022Leak Plugging with Barbara Stiffarm, Executive Director of Opportunity LinkRecording link
June 17, 2022Local Purchasing with Sister Sky and Shana BarehandRecording link
July 15, 2022Promoting Entrepreneurship with Nixyaawii Community Financial Services and Oregon Native American Chamber of CommerceRecording link
August 19, 2022Business Incubators with Chris Watson, Executive Director of Warm Springs Community Action TeamRecording coming soon!
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)

2022 ATNI-EDC Economic Summit

25 Years of Resilience: Reset-Restart-Renew

Date: October 26-28, 2022

Location: Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton, OR

Registration is not open yet. Check back for updates!

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