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Center for Indian Country Development Research Summit

December 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am December 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm CST

CICD Research Summit 2021

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.

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.


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

Speakers subject to change.

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