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Tribe to host development summit, show Aug. 13-14

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The White Earth, Red Lake, and Leech Lake Nations are hosting a joint Northern Minnesota Reservation Economic Development Summit & Trade Show on Aug. 13-14 at the Northern Lights Casino Hotel and Event Center in Walker.

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The goal of the summit is to help identify successful economic development models for tribal governments and strengthening Indian-owned businesses by promoting "Buy Indian." This will be the second summit the tribes have hosted. The first was held in November 2006 at the Shooting Star Casino Event Center in Mahnomen.

The event will highlight several keynote speakers to include Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave's of America, Valerie Red-Horse, owner and president of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., and Megan Minoka Hill, Associate Director of the Honoring Nations program at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. In addition, there will be numerous breakout sessions to include Developing a Creative Team, Market Planning For Success, Financing Your Small Business, and Get Noticed!

The Summit is open to anyone working in or interested in working in Indian Country to include business owners, economic and development planners, corporate executives, procurement personnel, tribal departments, government agencies, educational institutions, tribally owned enterprises, and more.

Cost for the Summit is $75 for early registration by July 25 or $100 at the door. For more information call Sam Strong: (218) 679-2416, sstrong@redlakenation.org, Lorna LaGue: (218) 983-3285, lornal@whiteearth.com, or Barb Cline: (218) 894-5120, bcline@clcmn.edu.

Vendor booths are available for the Trade Show for $100, which includes meals and the Summit, or $75 for the booth only. The Trade Show is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Northern Minnesota Reservation Economic Development Summit & Trade Show visit their Web site at www.mntribalinitiative.org.

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