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Data Stories in Indian Country

December 13, 2023 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm CST

Woman with a pink highlighter reviewing data

We invite you to join us December 13 for an event focused on innovative ways that Native communities, policymakers, and researchers are gathering and working with data to tell a more complete story of Indian Country. This event culminates the Center for Indian Country Development’s (CICD’s) 2023 webinar series: Cultivating Native Economies in the 21st Century. The series provides tribal leaders, policymakers, and practitioners with information they can use to strengthen and expand Indian Country economic prosperity.

Information on our communities teaches us about ourselves and helps us tell our stories. For too long, data gaps in Indian Country have masked Native economic contributions and limited policymakers’ understanding of how to best direct resources. Today, tribal governments are advancing data-collection systems on their own terms, and new partnerships between Native communities and federal agencies are increasing Native Americans’ representation in national datasets.

Our December 13 event will feature conversations with tribal leaders, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners who are strengthening their collection and use of data—in ways that honor tribal data sovereignty. Speakers working with tribal governments, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations will reflect on what data are still needed to provide a more complete picture of Indian Country. CICD staff will also demonstrate new data tools available for understanding local and national economic conditions and opportunities.

We hope you’ll be part of this important conversation.


  • Elliot Charette (Lac Du Flambeau and Red Cliff Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa), CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Maranda Compton (Delaware Tribe of Indians), Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana
  • Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Seattle Indian Health Board
  • Leonard “Lenny” Fineday (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe), Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Matthew Gregg, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Andrew Huff (Chippewa Cree Tribe), CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Amalea Jubara, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Casey Lozar (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • VaRene Martin (Mvskoke Nation), NAFOA
  • Robert Miller (Eastern Shawnee Tribe), Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Ryan Nunn, Community Development and CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Vanessa Palmer, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Vanessa Roanhorse (Navajo), Roanhorse Consulting
  • Amber Schulz-Oliver (Celilo/Yakama), Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation
  • Darien Siguenza (Chamorro), Hawai‘i FoundHer

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