Saturday, October 18, 2008

Two Economic and Development Programs Run by Native Americans for Native Americans

Native Americans have continued to work towards a variety of goals over recent years, including self-determination, control and management of natural resources, economic dependency, and protection of cultural practices and beliefs. Two economic and development programs that have recently been launched which serve these continuing goals are the Native American Trade Network and the Native American Energy Group.

Native American Trade Network Launched

Aims to Spur Economic Development for more than 500 Indian Tribes

Representatives from several Native American tribes gathered at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on Tuesday, Sept. 23 to announce the launch of the first-ever Native American economic consortium.

Called the Native American Group, initial participants include the Seminole Tribe of Florida; the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California; the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Oregon; the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota; the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, North and South Dakota; the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Washington; the Campo Kumeyaay Nation, California; and the Yankton Sioux Tribe, South Dakota.

The Native American Group will bring the most economically advantaged tribes -- especially those with diverse business interests -- together to leverage their collective buying power to benefit all of Indian Country. Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, the consortium has enlisted the support of federal officials to help identify additional tribes to participate in consortium programs.

"Our overall goal is economic development for more than 500 Indian tribes," said Richard Bowers, president of the Board of Directors of the Seminole Tribe. "We want to spread economic opportunity in Indian Country by encouraging more tribes to get into business and by offering more products and services to each other. The consortium offers a ready-made market for tribes with available products or the opportunity to develop them."

  • WHO: Tribal leaders from across Indian Country
  • WHAT: Launch of the "Native American Group"
  • Tribal Trading Consortium
  • WHERE: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • WHEN: Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 11:00 a.m.
  • CONTACT: Michelle Kincaid, John Adams Associates
  • (202) 737 - 8400 or

Native American Group
Michelle Kincaid, 202-737-8400
Weekend phone: 202-577-9545

Native American Energy Group

Native American Energy Group is a publicly traded energy resource development management company. Seven years ago the founders of the Company initiated its current philosophy of commitment and dedication to American Indian Nations who have abundant natural resources but very few opportunities to develop them due to isolationism politics and/or an understanding of the energy industry's lack of desire to lead these nations into becoming producing nations who can explore, produce, and control their own natural resources.

The land that the U.S. Government created on the reservations that they forced Native people onto was for the most part land that was viewed as unneeded by the colonial society. When the non-Native colonial society became increasingly dependent upon natural resources such as oil, natural gas, coal, uranium, and minerals for industrial production they found that a lot of the resources they wanted were on the remaining indigenous Native land.

Covering more than fifty million acres in the West, Indian Country encompasses large areas of oil, gas, and other mineral production regions of current exploration activity and many vast areas yet to be investigated in detail. This fact presents unique opportunities for Native peoples.

Applying social and economic measures, along with advanced technology systems that help tribes progress with energy development, the Native American Energy Group is working to help indigenous Native peoples to develop their own mineral, gas, oil, and other natural resources and to use revenue from such resources to implement tribal programs.

Native American Energy Group
108-18 Queens Blvd Suite 807
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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