Remaking the Economy in Indian Country

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:00pm
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Nonprofit Quarterly

How does a community, in fact and not just in rhetoric, decolonize wealth?  This is a central question that panelists seek to address in the latest edition of NPQ’s continuing Remaking the Economy webinar series.

In the United States, there are 573 distinct federally recognized tribal nations, so the communities covered by the phrase “Indian Country” are many and varied. So too are the innovations that are emerging from these communities. Come to this webinar to learn how Native American activists are building food hubs, creating marketplaces that feature indigenous foods, and restructuring markets so that Native artisans and producers achieve far greater benefit from their labor.

Titled Remaking The Indian Country, we begin with a brief interview of Martin Jennings (Ojibwe), who has worked in Indian Country for decades and, for the past 10 years, has been a program officer at the Northwest Area Foundation.

Following the interview, NPQ Senior Editor Steve Dubb will facilitate a panel with three expert speakers: Nick Hernandez, Lakota, Director of Makoceag Agriculture Development (Pine Ridge, South Dakota); LeAnn Littlewolf, Ojibwe, Economic Development Director of the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) in Duluth, Minnesota; and Hayes Lewis, Zuni Pueblo, Executive Director of A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center (near Gallup, New Mexico).

This webinar will explore:

  • Strategies for rebuilding food sovereignty and rediscovering pre-contact indigenous foods.
  • Ways to build urban-rural links in the food system, including food hubs and urban markets where food that is produced can be sold at a fair price.
  • How to use a training center to restructure markets (using co-ops and other structures) to help Native practitioners earn the true value of their labor.
  • The importance of linking economic development and cultural strategies.
  • Methods to address trauma and the legacy of genocide and colonialism.
  • Areas where the experiences in Indian Country might inform broader efforts to build community wealth and address inequality in the US economy as a whole.

Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.

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