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Economic Impact Beyond Tribal Economies

July 17 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm CDT

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Join us July 17 for Economic Impact Beyond Tribal Economies, a Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) event exploring the local economic impacts of the two largest and fastest-growing sources of revenue for Native communities: gaming and federal contracting.

Tribally owned casinos generate substantial revenue, which is often reinvested into the community. But little is known about their impact on their surrounding economies. Recent research by CICD shows how tribally owned casinos affect nearby businesses.

Federal contracting is a rapidly expanding source of revenue for tribes and Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and a sustainable source of income for Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs). Recent CICD research finds that tribal enterprises, ANCs, and NHOs—collectively known as Native entity enterprises—regularly subcontract to non-Native small businesses.

In this webinar, CICD researchers will present their findings on how gaming and federal contracting impact local businesses and economies. Guest panelists will underscore how Native entity enterprises enhance economic diversification, foster entrepreneurship, and strengthen economic infrastructure across various local economies in and outside of Indian Country. Participants will hear from this dynamic line-up, ask questions, and explore the lessons Native entities have learned as they continue to pursue viable and sustainable revenue-development opportunities.

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

  • Randall Akee, Chair, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program; and Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy; UCLA
  • Jacqui Baldwin-LeClair, Policy Analyst, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Elliot Charette, Senior Research Assistant, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Casey Lozar, Vice President and Director, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Tralynna Sherrill Scott, Chief Economist, Cherokee Nation Businesses


2:00-2:05 pm CT

Welcome, Overview, and Introductions

Speaker: Casey Lozar (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

2:05-2:15 pm CT

Gaming Spillover

Speaker: Elliot Charette (Lac Du Flambeau and Red Cliff Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa), CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

2:15-2:25 pm CT

Interconnection of Native Entity Enterprises to Small Business Subcontractors

Presenter: Jacqui Baldwin-LeClair, CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

2:25-2:45 pm CT

Panel: Federal Contracting and Tribal Economic Development

Moderator: Casey Lozar (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), CICD, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis


  • Randall Akee (Native Hawaiian), UCLA
  • Tralynna Sherrill Scott (Cherokee Nation), Cherokee Businesses

2:45-2:55 pm CT


  • Randall Akee
  • Jacqui Baldwin-LeClair
  • Elliot Charette
  • Tralynna Sherrill Scott

2:55-3:00 pm CT

Closing Remarks and Preview of Coming Events