March 28, 2013

Business Expo looks to future development

Business Expo looks to future development
By Jerry W. Kram
Western North Dakota, and especially the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, is awash with oil money that, like the tides, flows into our communities and then flows back out of the state. Keeping that money local was one of the topics of the Indigenous Nations Economic Development & Energy Summit held at the Northern Lights Community Center last week.
Nearly 300 people attended each day of the two day summit. Twenty-five tribal nations and 95 oil industry companies from 23 states were represented at the summit. This is the fourth summit sponsored by the North Segment of the MHA Nation.
The theme of the summit was “Nation to Nation Building Through Economic Development,” said North Segment Tribal Councilman Ken Hall. The summit brought in leaders from tribes in the United States and Canada who have led successful economic development programs. Hall said he believed that tribal peoples should work together to build businesses that could create commerce between tribes.

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