Business Evaluation 2014: Rural Development, Milestones, Development & & Energy

January 12, 2015 Nemes Random

Prior to ushering in 2015, Indian Nation Today Media Network is taking a moment to review the extraordinary business advancements people, Native entrepreneurs, and Indian-owned or -operated businesses, nonprofits and companies have made in 2014.

Jointly, we have actually made fantastic strides and paved the methodled the way for success.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) released company summits throughout the nation, and debuted a company portal that makes various tools more available to Native businesses. The $28 billion Indian gaming industry continues to hold strong, while people focusconcentrate on branching out, and many pursue remarkable renewable energy ventures. Reservations are making business training more accessible to aspiring business owners. And Native company people are championing rural development and taking initiative to push for federal capital for remote, Indian-owned businesses.

Below, we highlight a few of the huge companyindustry stories of 2014.

1. Release of Regional RES Occasions, National Center Edge

Twenty-fourteen marked the year the National Center expanded its reservation economic tops regionally– unifying local tribal leaders, leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and other big players in company.

The nonprofits signature occasion, National RES (Reservation Economic Summit), which has been held in Las Vegas each March for the past 30 years, continues to convene the nations biggest names and business in Indian nation. However this year the NCAIED (National Center for American Indian Business Development) significantly extended its reach by tapping into local markets: henceso far with events in Oklahoma, California, Arizona, DC and Wisconsin.

The online forums offer a collaborative networking environment, a trade show and exposition with business development tracks, and specifically in Wisconsin, special listening sessions with personnel of the United StatesSENATE Committee on Indian Affairs, among many other chances.

RELATED: RES Arizona Starts Off Strong at Wild Steed Pass

Diversity of Native American Company on Show in Milwaukee

Likewise in 2014, the Mesa, Arizona-based not-for-profit group introduced the National Center Edge for Businesses. The web site,, is still in development, providing us something to look forward to in 2015. The portal consists of a collection of tools and resources for broadening Native American company. Membership in the National Center Edge for Business provides access to other American Indian business people, and to new short articles, training and business development content weekly. Members have access through multiple devices and get updates on the latestthe current Native company news and trends.

RELATED: Website to Provide Training, Education For American Indian Entrepreneurs

2. Gaming Milestone

Feasible the most impactful achievement in Indian video gaming in 2014 was the Bay Mills decision on Might 27, in which the US Supreme Court ruled 5 – 4 in favor of tribal sovereign resistance. Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the bulk, determined Michigan might not take legal action against the people for its off-reservation gambling establishment that’s been non-operational almost given that the day it opened in 2010.

The judgment was a victory for tribal sovereignty as an entire, and the victory at the high court assuaged fears of many tribes worrying working out positive tribal-state gaming compacts under the Indian Video gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).

RELATED: Bay Mills Beats Michigan; Tribal Sovereign Resistance Supported

Supreme Problem: One People Pressured to Neglect Sovereignty for Excellent of the entire

Interior Secretary– Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn shared his point of view on the Bay Mills ruling with ICTMN: I seem like we dodged a bullet in the Bay Mills case. The Supreme Court did the ideal thing and acknowledged the presence and value of sovereign resistance, so that’s a greata good idea. But it makes me nervous to keep checking the limits of tribal sovereignty in this Supreme Court. In some cases we will lose, as in Carcieri, Patchak, and the tragic Infant Woman case.

RELATED: BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About Bay Mills and Requirement to Resolve Water Rights

3. Rural Development

In May 2014, Mark Tilsen, president and CEO of Native American Natural Foods, maker of Tanka Bars, provided the challenges of rural company growth to the United States Senate agriculture subcommittee on rural tasks. He testified about obstacles to capital access and the absence of infrastructure to support business in Indian nation. However he likewise stood before the committee as an example of success.

… [W] e produced a national brand name in the middle of a food desert, and from among the most geographically and financially isolated locations in America,” Tilsen stated.

Native American Natural Foods Tanka Bars, buffalo-meat-and-cranberry snacks, are offered on 375 Indian reservations and brought in over 6,000 retail locations in all 50 states.

RELATED: Native American Natural Foods CEP Affirmed About Rural Development at Senate Agriculture Committee

Indian Company Can Be Successful

In January 2014 in North Central Washington, the Colville Tribal Federal Corp., or CTFC, won a distinguished company award for showing success in profits development, size and remarkable management, as well as commitment to the community.

CTFC generated $86 million in revenue in 2013, up from $49 million in 2010, by cutting costs, removing wasteful spending and most considerably, reorganizing the company (formerly Colville Tribal Venture Corp.) as a federally chartered corporation under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, stated tribal member Joe Pakootas, the people’s 25th CEO in 29 years.

“When we do business within the borders of the reservation on trust home, we are exempt from federal and state taxes,” Pakootas described.

The tribal enterprise received the 2013 William D. Bradford Minority Company of the Year Award, the granddaddy of 7 awards given annually by the University of Washington’s Foster School of Company

RELATED: UW Names Colville Tribal Federal Corp. Minority Business of the Year

Coffee With a Side of Company Training

In 2014, more than one reservation became house to a coffee storea coffee bar that doubles as a location for teaching business skills. In May, the Cherokee Nation debuted its Kawi Caf, which in addition to serving its signature Cherokee blend coffee in downtown Tahlequah, also offers budding entrepreneurs firsthand experience running their own company.

“At Kawi Caf, we can enlighten tribal residents in a genuine, hands-on business environment, beginning with a business plan and moving into inventory, marketing, scheduling, client service, payroll and taxes,” Principal Chief Expense John Baker stated. “Getting that important training and experience will certainly aid these possible entrepreneurs into taking the next step of launching their own start-up companies that will certainly produce tasks and commerce in our communities.”

RELATED: Kawi Cafe Consumers Get Small Business Training With Their Cherokee-Blend Coffee

And likewise in Indian nation, up on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the Keya Caf amp; Coffee StoreCoffeehouse in Eagle Butte not only provides a mean cup of coffee and tasty pastries, it resolves such problems as the environment, task production, diabetes, and youth life skills.

RELATED: Cheyenne River Youth Project Turns 25, Launches Endowment and Keya Cafe Featuring Homegrown Food

Opened in January 2014 by the Cheyenne River Youth Project, a not-for-profit organization that has actually spent the last 25 years providing youth programs and household services that cultivate healthy choices and life practices, the Keya Caf has actually developed a handful of tasks in an area where unemployment is approximated to be as high as 80 percent by some sources. In addition, the caf supplied a special internship experience to over 30 youth by the end of summer season.

“These children end up being baristas and find out useful skills that can help them to get a task when they go off to college. Plus, it feels great to make money,” states Julie Garreau, executive director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project, who leveraged their nonprofit status and funding to introduce the companythis business.

“We’re raising bench, and the kids are increasing to the event. They have to perform and we’re not letting any individual off the hook,” she states. The personnel is likewise seeing how the internship experience is impacting youth’s lives beyond the program. One child who finished the internship utilized his cash to purchase a lawnmower and is now making more cash by trimming yards in the area.

RELATED: Social Venture Cafe Builds Life Skills of Reservation Youth

Cheyenne River Youth Task Providing Paid Internships for Teen Gardening Program

4. Diversification

This year, the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and Blue Stone Method Group partnered in an effort to develop the very first of its kind authoritative overview of 21st century tribal economic development. It’s called Defining the Next Age in Tribal Economic Development: The Diversification Important for Tribal Economic Development. Like its predecessor in 1977, Defining the Next Era involves input from dozens of tribal leaders, however unlike the earlier report, the brand-new guide concentrates exclusively on economic development and blends together concept, specific examples and vignettes from people and study from throughout Indian nation.

Specifying the Next Era plainly looks beyond the video gaming market, but acknowledges Indian video gaming as the foundation and driving force behind diversifying and growing tribal economies throughout Indian nation. “Video gaming is to be intertwined all throughout [the guide],” the task synopsis says.

The guide sees the $28 billion Indian gaming company as a mature industry that will certainly remain to generate incomes, however will not experience the huge growth spurts of its early years in the 1990s and very first few years of the 2000s. That’s why tribes needhave to look beyond gaming for growth in the 21st century and that’s why NIGA and Blue Stone are developing this reliable guide that lays out a path for the next stage in the development of tribal economic development, Blue Stone Executive Director John Mooers informed ICTMN.

“The guide is suggested to be a specialists’ guide and will concentrateconcentrate on genuine examples throughout Indian nation and all set to make use of options with concrete structures leaders can make use of from the first day rather than a comprehensive study, survey, or white paper for academia or policy makers,” Mooers said.

RELATED: NIGA, Blue Stone Produce First Overview of Tribal Economic Development

Amongst the lots of ways people are discovering access to capital to assist them branch out is through Community Development Financial Organization (CDFI) loans.

RELATED: Native CDFI to Finance Economic Development Programs With $750K Loan

5. Renewable resource

After squelching a mine, establishing air-quality monitoring and developing a solar plant, the Forest County Potawatomi Community looked for to set bench even higher in the renewable energy field.

At the end of 2013, the people launched its FCPC Renewable Generation Digester, which essentially turns liquid organic waste known as feedstock into biogas, which is then burned in an engine that produces renewable electrical energy. Throughout 2014, the digester produced 2.0 megawatts (MW) of “clean, green and renewable electrical power,” the people stated– sufficient energy to power about 1,500 homes.

The Forest Potawatomi derives more than 55 million kilowatt-hours of power yearly from renewables, supplying 105 percent of its energy requires.

RELATED: Potawatomi $20 Million Feedstock-to-Energy Conversion Plant Becomes Issue

Potawatomi Break Ground on Biogas Plant– Converting Food Waste to Electricity

On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, house to approximately 28,000 Oglala Sioux, Henry Red Cloud is leading a green power revolution. He not only sees solar power as a method to lower home heating expenses, however as a way to lead his individuals from financial despair. “In 2013, more than $1 million was investedinvested in lp and electrical energy to keep our members warm. We can take that money and turn it around, start some businesses,” he informed ICTMN.

In April 2014, the White Residence recognized Red Cloud as one of its 10 “Champions of Modification” for their efforts to promote and expand solar deployment in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

Red Cloud established Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), among the very first 100-percent Native American-owned and -operated renewablerenewable resource companies in the country, and Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), an one-of-a-kind Native academic center where people from around the United States get hands-on green task training in sustainablerenewable resource innovation and sustainable building practices.

RELATED: White Residence Formality Solar power Visionary Henry Red Cloud as Champion of Modification


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