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.