ATNI-EDC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

ATNI-EDC completed a draft of it’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in April 2019. The draft is under review, and will be discussed at the ATNI Annual Convention, October 7-10 at Suquamish Clearwater Casino.

To download the full draft, click here (Updated September 2019)

Draft for Review – Executive Summary (September 2019)

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation (ATNI-EDC) has a mission to provide financial and technical assistance in the areas of community and economic development to the 56 ATNI Member Tribes and their tribal members.  ATNI Member Tribes include all of the tribes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well as some tribes in Northern California, Nevada, Montana, and Alaska.  A complete list of member tribes is in Appendix A. ATNI-EDC is a wholly owned, separately-financed subsidiary of The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI). 

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation (ATNI-EDC) has a mission to provide financial and technical assistance in the areas of community and economic development to the 56 ATNI Member Tribes and their Tribal citizens.  ATNI Member Tribes include all Tribes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well as some Tribes in Northern California, Nevada, Montana, and Alaska.  ATNI-EDC is a wholly owned, subsidiary of The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI). 

The vision of the ATNI-EDC CEDS is to build an Inter-Tribal economy that takes care of all Tribal citizens; where “the old way” governs our direction, with respect to sovereignty and sustainability; where Tribal citizens have ready employment opportunities, including upper management positions; where wealth is generated from within Indian Country; where Tribes leverage collective economic power to enhance Inter-Tribal economy; where Tribal entrepreneurs have the support and infrastructure to establish and sustain businesses; where all Tribal citizens are healthy happy; where Indian youth continue to find value in their culture, and find opportunity and prosperity in their homelands.

The 2019- 2024 aims to serve three purposes:

  • Support ATNI Tribes to Meet Economic Development Goals.   ATNI-EDC is committed to assisting Tribes meet their economic development goals.  The approach was to identify the top five (5) issues that are common between several Tribes and build programming to address those specific issues.  The issues identified include:
    • Housing
    • Infrastructure
    • Financing & investments
    • Education & Workforce Development
    • Energy Sovereignty
  • Support Inter-Tribal Economy Building. ATNI-EDC is a hub to leverage the collective expertise and knowledge that is provided through ATNI member Tribes.  There are six (6) identified areas that ATNI-EDC would like to explore to advance Inter-Tribal economic development including:
    • Story-Telling
    • Shared Learning
    • Regional Investments
    • Policy Advocacy
    • International Business
    • Regional Tourism
  • Support Tribal Entrepreneurs.   A key tool to growing Tribal economies is to grow the private sector, both on and off reservation.  To this end, ATNI-EDC has identified five (5) areas to support Tribal entrepreneurs that wish to start or grow their businesses:
    • Access to Capital
    • Support Tribal Lenders
    • Technical Assistance
    • Expand markets
    • “Buy-Indian”