Projects & Programs

Comprehensive Economic Development Survey

CEDS-Wordle_GrapeATNI-EDC has been working on creating its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy(CEDS) for the better part of a year. The process is being informed by a CEDS Strategy Committee, that is comprised of tribal and industry representatives. The
goal is to have a substantially complete draft by May of 2019.

To date, we have hosted two visioning sessions, a workshop to assess collective strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and administered a survey to learn abut tribal-specific economic development goals and priorities.

Ecotrust Tribal Workforce in Forestry

Find the Flier here!

This survey is the first phase of a collaborative project among the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation, United South and Eastern Tribes, Heritage University, Intertribal Timber Council, and Ecotrust.

Our project is focused on addressing the challenges of communication across Tribal programs, initiatives, and stakeholders to identify employment and learning/training opportunities in Tribal forestry and green infrastructure.

This survey will take about 10 minutes of your time and your participation in the survey is critical to helping us connect native youth and underemployed adults with opportunities in tribal forestry.

Thank you for your time and effort. If you have any questions about the project or survey, please contact Stephanie Cowherd: We look forward to sharing our results with you this fall.

Columbia River Inter-tribal Housing Entity

The Yakama, Warm Springs, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes are working together to determine an appropriate structure to address tribal housing needs along the Columbia River, including the formation of an intertribal housing entity. The tribes are being assisted by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), who is supported by contractors Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA) and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Commission (ATNI-EDC). The project team will recommend an appropriate legal structure, funding mechanisms, and the functions for the intertribal housing entity. Yakama and Warm Springs tribes have already approved tribal council resolutions for the broad vision of exploring the creation of an intertribal housing authority to benefit the tribal community along the Columbia River. Information will be gathered so that tribal governments can consider approval of tribal council resolutions that create the intertribal housing authority. The goal of this project is to lay the foundation for the four tribes to adopt tribal council resolutions that form a new intertribal housing authority along the Columbia River.