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Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 23, 2017

CICD Roundtable - A Conversation about Building Economic Well-Being for Native Communities through Homeownership

Homeownership is a central tenet of the Center for Indian Country Development’s strategy to help Native Communities attain their economic development goals. As the largest single investment for most families, housing and homeownership are significant drivers of most economies. This Roundtable brings together a broad range of thought leaders, practitioners, and stakeholders to discuss:

  • Homeownership’s role as an asset-building strategy and economic driver in Indian Country
  • Synergies between tribal leaders, government agencies, and financial institutions, especially Native CDFIs, on policies, resources, and best practices
  • Improvements to the structural barriers and funding gaps that limit homeownership opportunities among American Indians

For inquiries, please send an e-mail to cicd@mpls.frb.org

Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 10-11, 2017

Healthy Children Healthy Nations

The Better Way Foundation, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's (SMSC) Seeds of Native Health Campaign and the Center for Indian Country Development of the Federal Reserve Band of Minneapolis have partnered to launch “Healthy Children, Healthy Nations: Charting Pathways on Early Childhood Development and Nutrition for Minnesota’s Native Children.” The project’s goal is to implement research and three different convenings with Minnesota and regional early childhood development ECD stakeholders, Native practitioners, Native language educators, ECD researchers, nutrition and health advocates, tribal leaders, state agencies, funders and other stakeholders in order to devise a specific action plan to improve and strengthen ECD, nutrition and health for Native American children in Minnesota. The goals of the Healthy Children, Healthy Nations Practitioners Convening May 10-11, 2017 include the following:

  • Map and better understand the context, needs, challenges, strengths and opportunities for improving ECD, nutrition and health for Minnesota’s Native children;
  • Map key stakeholders;
  • Map emerging/established best practices and models in ECD, early Native nutrition and health;
  • Map existing funding and investment in ECD, Native nutrition and health in Minnesota;
  • Create opportunities for peer learning, best practice sharing, collaboration, network building, and multi-sectorial partnership development; and
  • Solicit feedback on priorities and goals and build consensus on what is needed to inform a statewide action to support Native ECD, nutrition and health for Minnesota Native children.

Rapid City, South Dakota

May 8-10, 2017

Great Plains Tribal Leaders' Economic Summit

The Oglala Sioux Tribe, in partnership with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leadership Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Center for Indian Country Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is hosting the Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Economic Summit on May 8 – May 10, 2017 in Rapid City, SD at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel.

The Summit will provide a forum for tribal leaders from the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions to collaboratively develop regional economic development strategies. Through interactive sessions facilitated by the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute and other experts, tribal leaders will learn about innovative governance strategies, best practices, and resources to create environments for successful economic development in Indian Country.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 5-6, 2016

Early Childhood Development in Indian Country

On Oct. 5 and 6, the Center for Indian Country Development will host its inaugural conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on the critically important subject of Early Childhood Development in Indian Country. The conference will bring together practitioners, researchers, and leaders working to support the health and development of young children in Native communities. Speakers will highlight both scientific research and successful early child development programs within the American Indian experience. Participants will also share strategies to elevate early childhood development as a policy priority in Indian Country and to sustain funding.

Scottsdale, Arizona

September 13-15, 2016

Mortgage Lending in Indian Country: Foundational Investments & Future Pathways to Homeownership

Significant changes in the U.S. mortgage market post-recession are impacting mortgage lending in Indian Country. This is due to a market that is both unique and diverse, heightened awareness of lending risks, new regulations, and shifts in the secondary market. A new lending paradigm is emerging – one that highlights the importance of tribally owned banks, credit unions, and Native CDFIs as local conduits for lending and servicing in close partnership with federal programs and other private sector lenders.

This convening launches the Center for Indian Country Development’s three-year Native Homeownership Initiative to examine the mortgage lending system in Indian Country with the goals of improving access to mortgage capital and building community assets and economies through homeownership.

Washington, D.C.

September 12, 2016

Measuring Economic Development in Indian Country

How do you estimate economic activity in Indian Country? This is a key question, fraught with data challenges, for federal and tribal government leaders. Census data provide information to measure general economic activity at different geographic scales, but this information does not isolate business activity on Indian lands. Furthermore, it is also important to be able to compare economic development activities on Indian lands with what occurs in the surrounding communities. Richard Todd, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis will summarize the results of a first-of-its-kind, multi-year project to enhance Census data, enabling the measurement of economic development activity on Indian lands. In addition, Richard Todd will highlight some of the challenges in developing the underlying reservation business data and plans for further research on measuring reservation business activity.

Measuring Economic Development in Indian Country (pdf)
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Great Falls, Montana

May 17-19, 2016

2016 Montana Indian Business Alliance Conference

A biennial event featuring nationally recognized presenters committed to the growth of strong economies through private sector Native American business development and entrepreneurship. www.mibaonline.org

Anchorage, Alaska

November 20, 2015

Rural Homeownership Summit

To assist in bringing housing to communities in much need of housing, this important Forum featured multiple panels of experts discussing successful housing programs and mortgage financing. The CICD’s Patrice Kunesh delivered the keynote address.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

August 17, 2015

Webinar: Minneapolis Fed launches Center for Indian Country Development

This webinar launching the newly established Center for Indian Country Development included presentations and a Q&A to publicly launch the CICD and outline its mission and initiatives. A video replay is available.

Billings, Montana

August 4-6, 2015

Beyond Survival A Blueprint for Independence

The 2015 Native American Development Corporation Economic Development and Procurement Conference.

Billings, Montana

August 31, 2012

Federal Programs and Partnerships in Indian Country: A Resource Workshop

One of a series of workshops held around the country, this event is designed to share information about federal resources available to enhance development of Indian Country economies.

Billings, Montana

August 30, 2012

Growing Economies in Indian Country: Taking Stock of Progress and Partnerships

One of a series of workshops held around the country, this event is designed to share information about federal resources available to enhance development of Indian Country economies.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

August 27, 2012

Conference on the Law and Economics of Indian Country Economic Development

Organized and hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, this event brought together economists, legal scholars, policymakers, and others interested in recent research on economic development in Indian Country.

Washington, D.C.

May 1, 2012

Growing Economies in Indian Country: A National Summit

The capstone to a series of workshops held throughout the country in 2011, this national summit drew tribal leaders, policy makers, financial industry professionals, and community development service providers together for a multidisciplinary dialogue about economic development in Native communities.