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Center for Indian Country Development Research Summit

An open conversation on key research questions that matter for Indian Country

December 9 – 10, 2021
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT

Center for Indian Country Development Research Summit
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As part of its mission to support tribal economic prosperity, Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis conducts and supports policy-relevant research on key questions that matter for Indian Country. We invite you to join us December 9–10 for an open discussion of these questions at CICD’s first annual research summit. Even if you can’t attend the entire event, we welcome your participation (and will update this page with a run of show).

This summit won’t be a traditional academic-style convening. Rather, it’ll be a conversation among everyone—from social scientists to tribal leaders—who cares about better research that can help tribes achieve their economic and social objectives. The summit will cover many topics and issues, from the tribal digital divide to restoring Indigenous water rights.

Researchers will briefly present their findings in an accessible way, with tribal leaders and practitioners giving their reactions, followed by panel discussions. In addition, tribal leaders will explain what they’d like to know from future research, and researchers will identify what policymakers can learn from the research evidence.

Event Details

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT
Virtual video event


  • Randall Akee
    Associate Professor, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA; Research Affiliate, CICD
  • Eric Edwards
    Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics Department, North Carolina State University
  • Kate Fairley
    Economic Policy Research Fellow, Stanford University
  • D.L. Feir
    Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Victoria; Research Fellow, CICD
  • Matthew Fletcher
    Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center, Michigan State University
  • Shelly Fyant
    Chairwoman, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
  • Rob Gillezeau
    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Victoria
  • Matthew Gregg
    Senior Economist, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Miriam Jorgenson
    Research Director, Native Nations Institute, The University of Arizona; Research Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
  • Neel Kashkari
    President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Kevin Killer
    President, Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe
  • Casey Lozar
    Vice President, Director, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Robert Miller
    Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Member, CICD Leadership Council
  • Traci Morris
    Executive Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University
  • Aaron Payment
    Tribal Chairperson, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Kathy Quick
    Associate Professor, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Beth Redbird
    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University
  • Yvette Roubideaux
    Director, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American Indians
  • Leah Sixkiller
    Judge, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community; Member, CICD Leadership Council
  • Jay Spaan
    Executive Director, Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium
  • Richard Todd
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Kevin Washburn
    Dean, College of Law, University of Iowa; Policy Fellow, CICD
  • April Youpee-Roll
    Litigation Associate, Munger, Tolles & Olson