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City to host Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Economic Summit



RAPID CITY –– The Oglala Sioux Tribe is working in partnership with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leadership Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Center for Indian Country Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to host the Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Economic Summit on May 8 – 10, 2017 in Rapid City at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel.

“USDA has expanded investments in native and tribal community businesses, education, food security, housing, health care, and infrastructure,” said South Dakota USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Bruce Jones. “This summit will continue our support and efforts to promote economic development and job creation in tribal communities.”

The Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Economic Development Summit invites tribal leaders from the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions to collaboratively develop regional economic development strategies. Through interactive sessions facilitated by the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute and other experts, tribal leaders will learn about innovative governance strategies, best practices, and resources to create environments for successful economic development in Indian Country.

Tribes from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Nebraska and Western Minnesota are invited to participate in this important event.

Registration is now open. For questions about registration and exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart at

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