Tribal Leaders Roundtable: Seeking Freedom of Economic Sovereignty

    Tribal leaders and their people must work together in pursuit of the freedom of economic sovereignty, increasing the amount of private enterprise on their land and beyond. To accomplish this, there are several hurdles that need to be cleared, the largest being internal tribal disputes that hinder or even kill economic development projects before they even get started. Once unified in this pursuit, it is then imperative for the government to provide incentives whereby more individual Indians and tribes are willing to take on greater risk, creating an atmosphere where free enterprise is encouraged. The BIA must also reduce the number of regulatory burdens to allow for growth in both job creation and economic development. Tribes need a plan for capital accumulation on the reservation to save for a rainy day and the needs of future generations. This panel will feature tribal leaders who have taken the steps necessary to start this process and what tribes need to do to overcome the obstacles placed on them by both state and federal governments.



    Mike Lettig
    Executive VP/National Executive for Commercial Banking



    Leslie Lohse
    Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians


    Michael O. Finley
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation


    Marshall Piertie
    Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana


    Paulette Jordan
    Council Woman
    Coeur D’Alene Tribe of the Coeur D’Alene Reservation


    Darrin Old Coyote
    Crow Tribe


    Cynthia Iyall
    Nisqually Indian Tribe


    Robert Martin
    Morongo Band of Mission Indians